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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Be greater than you imagine as a Cyclone. Explore CALS majors and other degree options designed to inspire, challenge and prepare you to create a better world.

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sweeping for insects

Extension

Exploring the world of organic agriculture at Iowa State

Reuben Weers Feng

Research

Researchers identify the role of genes that boost disease resiliency in rice

MultiOption

Learning

Multidisciplinary option lets students customize their education

Kelsey Henderson
“It's not about what awards or titles you win, but how you can truly make a difference in any way at any level.”
Kelsey Henderson, '24 agricultural business

Hands-on approach

From Cyclones in the making to those already formed, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has a place for everyone. The innovations made in the labs, the farms, the forests and the fields strive to carry out Iowa State’s original land grant mission: discovering, developing, disseminating and preserving knowledge.

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Recent News

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    Young entrepreneur addressing demand for goat meat

    A leaner protein option than beef, chicken or pork, goat meat is a product Gavin Tindle wants to make more people aware of through his new business. Just two months after launching, he is already seeing high demand.

  • Black man in lab coat handling black chicken in fenced enclosure

    Feed the Future Innovation Lab reports progress to improve poultry health in Africa

    Iowa State University researchers have been part of an international effort to improve the health of small poultry flocks of indigenous types of chickens that provide meat, eggs and income-producing opportunities important for food security in Africa. Project leaders include Susan Lamont and Jack Dekkers, both distinguished professors in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State.

  • Illustration from enhanced photograph of "pixie" corn roots

    Scientists identify gene that could lead to resilient ‘pixie’ corn

    AMES, IA – A widely found gene in plants has been newly identified as a key transporter of a hormone that influences the size of corn. The discovery offers plant breeders a new tool to develop desirable dwarf varieties that could enhance the crop’s resilience and profitability.