Featured Stories

Jan 30th, 2023
Whether it’s tiny tractors, collectible combines or miniature semis, Collin Knipper has found big success selling small farm toys. As the owner of FarmToys4You, Knipper sells scale models of farming machinery to customers near and far.
Jan 26th, 2023
Last semester, agricultural and biosystems engineering seniors Julia Bowman, Camren Saxton, Thomas Sell and Sam Te Slaa decided to go a different route with their capstone course project, choosing to propose their own project idea rather than pick from one submitted by a company in the industry.
Jan 13th, 2023
Joshua Selsby, professor of animal science at Iowa State University, studies the mechanisms of muscle disease and injury, including the fatal disorder Duchenne muscular dystrophy. As he has pursued funding to sustain this research, he has had impressive successes -- and many challenges. .
Jan 5th, 2023
Growing up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Larwill, Indiana, Dillion Sheiss, junior in animal science, cultivated his passion for livestock judging. With both parents reaching success at the collegiate livestock judging level at Penn State, Sheiss knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps.
Dec 9th, 2022
If there is one thing Jen Merryman has learned through the years, it is that life changes. Merryman, a senior in forestry, will share that message with fellow graduating students at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences convocation Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in Hilton Coliseum.
Dec 9th, 2022
Getting out of her comfort zone enabled Payten Watson to gain new perspectives beyond her area of study. Watson, a senior in food science from Urbandale, Iowa, has been selected as the fall 2022 semester College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student marshal. She will lead fellow graduates as they enter Hilton Coliseum during Iowa State University’s undergraduate commencement ceremony Dec. 17, at 1:30 p.m.
Dec 9th, 2022
To Lauren Mosher, serving others is about fostering opportunities for her peers to grow and prosper. It is this perspective that earned her the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Distinguished Service Award for fall 2022.
Dec 9th, 2022
Hunter Field, senior in animal science, is receiving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Leadership Excellence Award for fall 2022. He came to Iowa State University determined to pursue vet school, but two weeks into the program decided that wasn’t the path for him. He liked the business of agriculture and changed his major to animal science.
Dec 9th, 2022
If anyone knows the importance of taking part in internships while in college, it is Grace Howe. A senior double majoring in agricultural and rural policy studies and journalism and mass communication, Howe completed five internships while at Iowa State University. Her efforts to make the most of her academic journey through these experiences earned her the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Academic Achievement Award.
Dec 8th, 2022
Campus visits are an important part of the college selection process. Fatima Najar has been making sure underrepresented students and their families feel welcomed and included when they arrive at Iowa State University.
Dec 7th, 2022
When Emma Parkins walks across the stage Dec. 16 during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduation ceremony, she may be reflecting on the event as one of her “full circle” moments. Parkins is the fall 2022 recipient of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of her leadership and efforts to encourage professional advancement for women in agriculture.
Dec 6th, 2022
Food insecurity is a global concern, but it can also strike close to home. The complexity of this issue cannot be solved with a single solution — it must be approached from multiple angles. Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences teamed up with students from various other departments at Iowa State University to compete in Iowa State’s first-ever Food Insecurity Challenge.
Dec 6th, 2022
From club involvement to building relationships with fellow members of Alpha Gamma Rho, Andrew Boschert’s many roles in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have contributed to him receiving the CALS Council Outstanding Ambassador of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award for fall 2022. Boschert, a senior in animal science from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, attributes his adventure at Iowa State University to the confidence and leadership abilities he has today.
Dec 5th, 2022
A family friend introduced Jacob Mefford to the world of food science, and he’s been hooked ever since. Mefford, who graduates from Iowa State University later this month with a degree in food science, grew up near Chicago, Illinois. His family’s friend works for FONA International, a flavor company based in Geneva, Illinois. At the friend’s encouragement, Mefford would often take part in FONA’s consumer taste-test panels. That nourished his interest in the science of playing with ingredients to improve the taste of food and beverages.
Nov 29th, 2022
Cameryn Schafer, senior in animal ecology, is passionate about exotic pets, which is why she established Spock’s Sanctuary. She and Cole Reiman (‘21 agricultural and life sciences education) opened this animal rescue operation at their home in Fontanelle, Iowa, to rehabilitate and rehome reptiles and amphibians that previously received inadequate attention. They also strive to teach pet owners about animal health and welfare.
Nov 29th, 2022
Sarah Martin didn’t have it in her plan to teach agriculture education, but a chance placement during her student teaching rotation changed her course. 
Nov 14th, 2022
Every year, the Horticulture Club grows and sells poinsettias for their annual fundraiser.
Nov 4th, 2022
In addition to completing assignments and taking exams, Luke Dietrich’s college career has consisted of laying bricks and drawing landscaping plans. The senior in horticulture is the owner of Pilot Landscaping Solutions LLC, and he has scaled his business while simultaneously pursuing his degree.
Oct 27th, 2022
Campaniling, fireworks, Yell like Hell and even bacon are a few of the exciting things to look forward to during Iowa State University’s 2022 Homecoming celebration Oct. 30-Nov. 5. A year’s worth of planning goes into making Homecoming week a success, and several College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students have had a part in the process.
Oct 20th, 2022
Many students at Iowa State University associate fall semester with football season, and no football game is complete without the marching band. While each instrument has a unique part to play, Kate Heine is one of three drum majors who bring the band together to create its signature sound.
Sep 27th, 2022
Molly Simmons, junior in environmental science and global resource systems, worked for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the United Nations in Washington, D.C. as a Borlaug-Ruan Intern. This intergovernmental organization allocates funds to rural communities in other countries, helping small-holder farmers improve their crop production and gain access to food markets.
Sep 27th, 2022
When Rachel Currant was accepted to the 2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program, she was eager to explore the science of plant breeding. She interned with the International Potato Center (CIP) based in Lima, Peru, and worked for the organization’s branch in Nairobi, Kenya.
Sep 27th, 2022
As a freshman in global resource systems, Idania Carrillo-Martin is eager to choose a technical area that aligns with her interests and aspirations. After participating in the 2022 Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program, she has a clearer image of her academic goals.
Sep 23rd, 2022
Julia Campbell, senior in agricultural business and economics, recently attended the Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp (HISPBC) in California. This immersion program gives college students and recent graduates insight on different aspects of United States public policy.
Sep 22nd, 2022
Students may join the Iowa State University Bee & Wasp Squad with little background knowledge about the pollinator insects, but chances are, after spending a summer conducting field and lab work, they’ll walk away not only knowing more about bees and wasps, but more about themselves, as well.