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Top graduate program

The Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering graduate program has been ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report magazine.
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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.

Students Share Interest in Microbes in Microbiology Club

Investigating microorganisms is what members of the Microbiology Club do. The club offers students interested in microbiology opportunities to share activities and serve their community, while studying a microscopic world. Microbiology students can pursue careers as doctors, dentists, immunologists, soil biologists, industrial microbiologists, biotechnologists, microbial geneticists and aquatic microbiologists, just to name a few. 

Nick Battles pictured with group of men in India

Turning Problems into Possibilities

Nick Battles, senior in global resource systems and agriculture and society, sees the world in possibilities, not problems. The international experiences he's had, as well as his degree programs at Iowa State, are preparing him to tackle worldwide issues of food insecurity, water scarcity and malnutrition.

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Cattle feeders should stay flexible, seek advice amid COVID-19

Disruptions caused by COVID-19 grow each day. Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center and extension beef specialist at Iowa State University, said making plans now based on current and potential input availability will help cattle producers determine their next steps. Read about steps producers can take here.

Some good news: Livestock and poultry appear to be safe from COVID-19

$4 mil. in scholarships are offered to students annually through CALS and its departments.
98% of CALS graduates reported they were working, continuing their education or serving in the military within six months of receiving their diplomas.
150 Iowa State faculty members use the CALS' research farms around the state for teaching, research and extension.