CALS has a unique legacy of celebrating the arts and humanities in agriculture. An exploration that formally started during the Depression is enjoying renewed vigor in rural arts celebration today. [...more]
ON THE COVER
What makes Babcock ice cream so good to eat—and so good for science, students and industry?
By the time you read this issue of Grow, I will have had the honor of serving CALS as dean and director for nearly four months. I want to thank all of you in the CALS community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and our partners and stakeholders around the state—for giving me such a warm welcome. And [...]
On Henry Mall
The grass gurus at CALS are coming up with water-saving practices for lawn care
Kendra Allen’s curiosity about science was sparked by an episode about oceanography on the children’s TV show, Arthur. She pursued that interest through an upbringing that involved attending about five different elementary schools on Chicago’s South Side. “Did you ever see Waiting for Superman?” she asks, referring to the documentary about getting into a charter [...]
If you read labels in the cereal aisle, you know that oats are among the heart-healthiest of foods. And they may soon be even more so. CALS oat breeder John Mochon has developed a variety with significantly higher levels of beta glucan, the soluble fiber that nutritionists liken to a sponge that traps cholesterol-rich acids [...]
Retired professors band together to teach and preserve CALS history
A little assistance can go a long way. That’s the lesson learned from multiple trips by CALS dairy experts to the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, one of the poorest parts of the world.
Treat chickens, not humans. That’s the approach Amin Fadl is taking in developing a vaccine that could halt the deadly foodborne pathogen at its source.
These critters not only do your garden good—they also are beautiful or at least interesting to look at. But to get them in your garden, you have to roll out the welcome mat.