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Creating New Path for Service During Pandemic

Iowa State's Young Ambassador for Microbiology, Graham Redweik, is finding innovative ways to promote microbial sciences during COVID-19.
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Check Iowa State University's COVID-19 page for regular updates, FAQs, public health links, travel updates and more on this fast-developing issue.

CALS-specific guidelines for faculty, staff and students can be found here.

We are #CALSproud of all our faculty, staff and students who are finding innovative ways to excel and overcome challenges during this time of uncertainty and change. Check out some examples of the extraordinary efforts happening throughout the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences on the #CALSproud COVID-19 Response webpage.

Justin Wigdahl Shares Insights About His Favorite Mentor


Justin Wigdahl shares some insights about his favorite mentor, Barb Clawson, a horticulture adviser. Wigdahl is an honors student who graduated with a major in horticulture and a minor in design studies. During his college career he organized horticulture club plant sales, pursued multiple internships, participated in horticulture and landscape competitions, and was also involved in the Iowa Statesmen choir and Campus Fellowship. After graduation he started his career at Country Landscapes in Ames as a design-sales assistant.

Potatoes: One of COVID's Hot Commodities

In a typical year, Kittleson Brothers, co-operated by CALS alumni Steve and Beth Rachut, sells around five tons of potatoes per week to grocery stores in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. The week of March 16, their sales exploded to more than eight times their typical demand – increasing to nearly 40 tons.

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Farmers Markets and U-Pick Operations Can Sell Food, but Should Follow Requirements

Iowa’s farmers markets have been given the green light to conduct business, but should follow basic social distancing and hygiene and public health measures. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, along with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, recently put together several publications to help Iowans understand the requirements and additional best practices that should be followed.

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