Changing the World One Beehive At A Time

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2010-01-01
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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world's leading institutions of agriculture. Building on 150 years of excellence the college provides leadership in science, education and research, areas vital to the future of Iowa, the nation and the world.

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The roots of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences go back to 1858 when Iowa established the State Agricultural College and Model Farm. It officially opened in 1869 as the first coed land-grant in the nation. That was among many college “firsts,” including the first courses in forestry, dairying and bacteriology in the nation. (Learn More)

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1858–present

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  • Department of Agriculture (1858–1959)
  • College of Agriculture (1959–2007)

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An op-ed piece for the Ames High School newspaper landed Sam Bird in Uganda, where he has taught students how to build beehives. Bird, a senior in global resource systems, says he wrote the op-ed because all of Iowa is tied to agriculture, "but the average student in Ames didn't appreciate that connection." The letter caught the attention of David Acker, associate dean of academic and global programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Bird says he was originally headed to San Francisco to attend college. That changed when Acker contacted him and explained the global resource systems major at Iowa State. Students who choose the major focus on an international region of their choice. Before graduating they learn the language and an understanding of region's issues.

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