Featured Stories

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.
May 5th, 2020
On Saturday, May 2, the Iowa State University - Uganda Program delivered 1,400 Kg of rice to the Kamuli District Anti-COVID-19 task force.
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 17th, 2020
Mary Wiedenhoeft, Morrill Professor in Iowa State University Department of Agronomy, has found success in establishing a routine while working from home.
Apr 17th, 2020
Sigma Alpha, professional sorority for women in agriculture, held a virtual fundraiser to support the Iowa Food Bank to support the organization’s additional needs caused by the impacts of COVID-19.
Apr 17th, 2020
Learning community peer mentors in the Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, led by advising coordinator Ben Chamberlain and academic advisor Nate Dobbels, created this fun video to welcoming incoming students and introduce peer mentors and advisors.
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 10th, 2020
In this video, Jodi Sterle, associate professor in animal science, shares scenes of teaching courses from her home office, as well as walking duroc pigs and meeting baby kittens recently born on her family's farm.
Apr 10th, 2020
In this Iowa PBS Market to Market report, Dan Loy, director of the Iowa Beef Center, discusses how COVID-19 has impacted the beef market and the challenges cattle producers are facing.
Apr 9th, 2020
Peter Orazem, professor of economics, says the maps showing how Iowans are failing at social distancing compared to other states, based on cell phone distance measures, are not accurate.
Apr 9th, 2020
When Iowa State University moved to online instruction in March, it didn’t just impact course delivery. The transition also disrupted academic advising during the busy fall registration period.
Apr 9th, 2020
Hannah Heit's internship in Uganda ended because of COVID-19, but it increased her passion to fight future pandemics.
Apr 7th, 2020
Hunter Crawford, junior in agricultural business, is spending the rest of the spring semester on his family farm in Page County, Iowa.
Apr 6th, 2020
Walter Suza, adjunct assistant professor in agronomy, shared in a Des Moines Register opinion piece his experience living through one of the largest cholera epidemics in east Africa in the 1970s. He encourages individuals to show compassion during this stressful time:
Apr 6th, 2020
Several agricultural business students shared their thoughts on how they are coping with the move to online courses. Read their comments here.
Apr 6th, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the seed health experts at Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center are working diligently to provide stability to help protect $1.6 billion in annual seed exports by the U.S. seed industry.
Apr 3rd, 2020
Professor Kan Wang, Iowa State University Department of Agronomy.
Apr 1st, 2020
Amy Kaleita, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering, used her previous experience in online course instruction to lead a workshop to prepare faculty in her department for the March 23 move to online courses.
Mar 31st, 2020
Major General (Ret.) Patrick Murphy (’82, agronomy) works alongside New York Governor Andrew Como as Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

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