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Design charrette

Students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Design joined forces to come up with innovative designs for two CALS-owned collaborative learning labs in the Student Innovation Center.
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CALS Holiday Greeting

We are so thrilled to be here collaborating, working and learning. The faculty, staff and students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are in pursuit of greatness. They are the next generation of thinkers and doers who will tackle the problems all around us and make the world a better place for so many.

We could not do this work without you - our partners, our alums, our friends, our stakeholders. You have made this possible and we are so grateful for your support.

Wishing you all the best through these holidays and wonderful things in the next year.

My best,

Daniel J. Robison
Dean, Endowed Chair
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Kody Olson wearing a yellow University of Minnesota shirt and a black face mask. He is standing with his arms crossed in front of him.

Defining moments: Putting policy to work to support, advocate for disability community

Kody Olson (’18 global resource systems, agriculture and society), policy advisor for the Minnesota Council on Disability, has been working with the Minnesota State Emergency Operations Center throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Formerly the council's public policy director, Olson (who is Deaf with a cochlear implant) provided policy advice and advocacy to the Minnesota Governor, state legislature and state agencies on disability community issues. His efforts have made him a go-to person for the disability community in Minnesota.

Innovation in Action

Students planting small apple trees in between wooden posts

Small trees with big potential

Trees in the newly planted orchard at the Horticulture Research Station north of Ames will soon be bursting with apples thanks to an innovative growing technique. The chosen apple varieties were grafted to dwarfing rootstock and are already near their maximum height – a mere eight feet compared to the 50-foot height of traditionally grown apple trees. The new orchard will be used to demonstrate the best practices for this growing system to apple producers in Iowa.