Featured Stories

Jun 25th, 2020
Planning, plotting and planting approximately two-and-one-half acres of fruits and vegetables to sell this summer is a learning experience for Alice Paulson, student intern at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station.
Jun 23rd, 2020
A new volume of the classic textbook “Forages: The Science of Grassland Agriculture” is now available. First published by Iowa State College Press, Volume II of the 7th edition represents a legacy of ISU contributions over almost 70 years, from Harold D. Hughes to Kenneth Moore.
Jun 10th, 2020
When microbiology students lost summer internships due to COVID-19, Nancy Boury had an idea to provide an alternative for her students.
Jun 2nd, 2020
Ken Ziegler served as Iowa State University’s Iowa Corn Yield Test Program leader and developed and became the university’s Popcorn Breeding Program project leader from 1977 until his retirement in 2004. Following retirement, he continued breeding and popping popcorn to improve its overall quality.
May 12th, 2020
What does a graduate student ambassador do during a pandemic? Graham Redweik, an Iowa State University PhD student in food science and human nutrition and interdepartmental microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is figuring that out.as Young Ambassador for the American Society of Microbiology.
May 8th, 2020
New agronomy graduate hopes to dig into urban soils. Perla Carmenate started exploring the science of agriculture in high school, now her career plans include improving soils in larger cities to provide green spaces, gardening opportunities and healthy watersheds.
Apr 27th, 2020
Kara Klemm is finishing her senior year working at the Iowa State University Dairy Farm before she takes a full-time job in the food safety division at Seaboard Foods, Inc. in Oklahoma. Along with her dairy farm experience, Klemm has played a key role as a mentor for incoming and prospective students.
Apr 23rd, 2020
Iowa State University’s Center for Sustainable Livelihoods in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has worked in Uganda since 2004. Its programs include service-learning and school garden programs affiliated with Makerere University in Kampala. Now, though, it has a new, temporary assignment: helping supply much-needed food during the pandemic.
Apr 21st, 2020
Originally scheduled to begin April 6, Daniel Thomson joined the Department of Animal Science March 23 as the new department chair. He bumped up his start date in order to lead the department through these unprecedented times caused by COVID-19.
Apr 21st, 2020
Katie Stringer, a graduating senior in global resource systems, started the Uganda Alliance Organization to expand market opportunities for the women of the Tusubila crafts group in Uganda.
Apr 16th, 2020
The College of Agriculture [and Life Sciences] Research Excellence Support (CARES) Pre-Award Team was formed to strengthen research development and proposal support for CALS faculty and staff in a funding environment that is increasingly competitive and increasingly complex and cross- or trans-disciplinary.
Apr 13th, 2020
Faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been finding innovative ways to bring the classroom learning experience to their students, who are now spread across Iowa, the nation and the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 9th, 2020
Hannah Heit's internship in Uganda ended because of COVID-19, but it increased her passion to fight future pandemics.
Apr 3rd, 2020
Professor Kan Wang, Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.
Feb 24th, 2020
“In addition to showcasing agricultural science and practice, our research farms reflect a long history of conservation leadership that dates back to the earliest days of the Iowa State Agriculture College founded in 1858,” says Mark Honeyman, associate dean of operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, who has directed Iowa State’s research and demonstration farms since 1983.
Feb 24th, 2020
Winning the Iowa Miss United States Agriculture title was the first step in promoting the agricultural industry for Alexis Stine, a junior in animal science.
Feb 24th, 2020
Riley Wilgenbusch, a senior in agronomy and global resource systems, served as the director of the 23rd annual Iowa State Dance Marathon in January. The marathon raised more than $340,000 for the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Feb 11th, 2020
An Iowa State University student is only the second student in 35 years selected to attend the Farm Foundation Round Table Cultivator Program in Washington, D.C.
Jan 17th, 2020
Iowa State has been awarded the Norman E. Borlaug Medallion, making the university the ninth recipient of the award. 
Jan 15th, 2020
After 47 years working at Iowa State University, Denise Collins Bjelland retired earlier this month. Listening to the many things she did in those 47 years is reminiscent of the book Oh, the Places You'll Go!, written and illustrated by children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Jan 14th, 2020
Summer internship project to build a smartphone app turns into a globally recognized accomplishment for a local cooperative.
Dec 19th, 2019
Aly Stadtlander raised more than $10,000 for the Iowa State University Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Uganda School Lunch Program.
Dec 11th, 2019
Three scientists in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science have recently received notable national recognition for research and innovation.
Dec 3rd, 2019
More than 80 farmers, academics and members of the agricultural supply chain met in Des Moines, Nov. 25, for an Iowa Smart Agriculture Initiative forum co-sponsored by Solutions from the Land and Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Nov 22nd, 2019
A Message of Thanks from Dean Daniel J. Robison CALS Thankful Daniel J. Robison, Endowed Dean’s Chair of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, shares his thoughts on his first year at Iowa State University.