Members of the Cyclone Powers Pullers club stand in a line behind two of the 1/4 scale tractors they designed and built.
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Building for the future

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Cyclone Power Pullers club taking part in an international 1/4 scale tractor design competition. See how involvement in the club prepares students for future careers.
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Jamie Pudenz, right, helping a male student in his classroom work on a project.

Young Alum of the Month

Jamie Pudenz (‘17 agricultural studies, ‘19 MS agricultural education) is entering his fourth year as the agricultural sciences instructor and FFA advisor at Aplington-Parkersburg High School in Parkersburg. “The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provided me with experiences I would never otherwise have had," Pudenz says. “Placing myself in situations to network, travel and become a young professional is what has made me who I am today and has prepared me to do the same for students at A-P High School.”

Innovation in Action

Arti Singh kneeling in a mung bean field, holding a mung bean plant and a red binder. She is wearing a white, button-up shirt and a wide-brimmed straw hat.

Researchers look at breeding mung bean for plant-based protein market

Iowa State plant breeders and researchers are working to develop new varieties of mung bean suited for the plant-based protein market. The “unsung mung” is a drought tolerant, nitrogen fixing legume that can be used as a plant-based protein source and is currently used in numerous edible food products around the world.