Professional Agricultural Student club members standing in a row
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National award winning team

Iowa State’s Professional Agricultural Student Club brought home several top state and national awards from recent competitions.
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CALS Alumni Award winner - Dewayne Goldmon

Dewayne Goldmon ('91 PhD agronomy) received the 2020 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences George Washington Carver Distinguished Service Award. He serves as the inaugural senior advisor for racial equity to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and manages his family’s 1,400-acre farm operation. He is a recognized national leader in diversity and inclusion in agriculture. Learn more at

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Alison Esser

Molding medical careers

Many of the students Alison Esser advises have goals of obtaining health-related careers — physicians, genetic counselors and biomedical scientists, to name a few. She guides students in selecting appropriate courses to help them achieve their career goals and connects them with Iowa State alumni who can provide insights into health careers.

Innovation in Action

Cover crops growing in a field

Alternative forages for cattle is the focus of field days

Results of a recent Iowa Beef Center evaluation of extension grazing programs showed that while 80% of respondents already incorporate cover crops (winter annuals) into their farming enterprise, there’s an overall interest in additional research on adding forage alternatives to existing cattle production systems. Learn about these alternatives during upcoming field days April 28, May 3, and May 4.