Photos from spring 2022 CALS Convocation
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CALS Convocation Photos

Congratulations to all spring 2022 graduating students! View photos from the May 13 CALS Convocation.
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Homegrown effort: Growing new turfgrass for Jack Trice Stadium

The first Iowa State University home football game of the 2022 season will not only be a test of Iowa State’s football team, but also of the new, homegrown turfgrass installed earlier this spring. See how several Iowa State units teamed up to make this project a success, giving the university bragging rights for being one of the first to grow their own sod for their football field within a year. Read more about this project:

Betsy Freese holding an Iowa State University flag

Building a media powerhouse

Throughout her notable career as a journalist and media executive, Betsy Freese, former executive editor for Successful Farming and Meredith Agrimedia, learned the only constant in her industry is change. During her 37-year tenure with Meredith, Freese (’84 agricultural journalism) helped transform the Successful Farming brand from a beloved magazine to one of the top multimedia resources in the farming and ranching industries.

Innovation in Action

Sorghum plants being harvested

Breeding transforms sorghum's potential as biofuel of the future for northern latitudes

The biofuel of the future may well be sorghum-based, thanks to new inbred lines that are significantly more productive and cold-hardy than sorghum plants of the past. Maria Salas-Fernandez, associate professor of agronomy, developed the lines, recently released through Iowa State University, with improved genetics capable of producing hybrids that deliver high biomass yields adapted to northern latitudes.