Luke Dietrich, wearing a navy blue suit jacket and white collared shirt. A greenhouse roof can be seen in the background, as well as green bushes.
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Paving his own way

Luke Dietrich, senior in horticulture, has found entrepreneurial success as a student through involvement in Start Something College of Agriculture and Life Sciences programs.
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Pumpkin harvest helping shape students' futures

It's starting to look like fall at the Iowa State Horticulture Research Station. There, a small group of students is harvesting thousands of pumpkins in addition to learning about the fruits and vegetables grown at the research farm. This knowledge is shaping some of these students' futures. Kira Rieck, agronomy and global resource systems, got involved to gain more hands-on experience working in the fields. She hopes to take her knowledge back to poor communities in Africa, where she's spent time volunteering. Katherine Sutter, meanwhile, discovered a real passion for growing plants while working at the farm. She's now changed her major to horticulture, with hopes of starting her own small farm in the future.


Caryn Dawson standing in a grassy area with trees in the background

Young Alum of the Month

Caryn Dawson ('21 global resource systems, horticulture) helps farmers and landowners assess and address potential environmental risks on their farms through her role as a Michigan Agriculture Assurance Program technician. Her job comes with a lot of variety - one day she'll be on a blueberry farm, the next she'll be at a pasture-raised beef operation. She says the diverse background knowledge she acquired through her majors/minors at Iowa State prepared her for this role.

Innovation in Action

Black and pink piglets

Using blood cell data to improve swine health

Iowa State scientists are leading a new study to analyze the intricate content of pigs’ blood cells to improve selection for disease resilience. “To make blood useful as a test for disease resistance, we need to better understand the composition of the cells and their numbers, as well as learn what they are actually doing," said Christopher Tuggle, professor of animal science and the lead investigator on this study, funded by a new $650,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).