Grow, a magazine devoted to the life sciences, is published three times per year (spring, summer, and fall) by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). The magazine reports on the most significant aspects of CALS research, teaching, and outreach in the areas of food systems, bioenergy and bioproducts, healthy ecosystems, health and wellness, changing climate, and economic and community development.

While the main goal of Grow is to keep CALS alumni and others connected to the activities of the college, all readers who have an interest in the life sciences are welcome. The stories found in the pages of Grow relate to the lives and livelihoods of everyone.

The print version of Grow is mailed free of charge to CALS alumni, donors, partners, and friends in the greater CALS community and to leaders in agriculture, natural resources, and the biosciences. To be added to the mailing list, please subscribe here.

Our Mission

  • To increase knowledge of and engagement in the significant work of the college
  • To engender pride and foster a sense of belonging among CALS alumni, students, and faculty
  • To strengthen connections between the college and alumni as well as among alumni from different areas of the college
  • To promote the life sciences as an avenue toward economic, scientific, and intellectual growth

Grow Staff

Managing Editor: Nik Hawkins
Designer: Janelle Jordan Naab
: Nicole Miller MS’06, Caroline Schneider MS’11, Jori Skalitzky BS’22
Photographer: Michael P. King
Editorial Assistants: Keegan Gering BSx’26, Emily Odenkirk, Myrissa Zoff

Associate Dean for External Relations and Advancement: Heidi Zoerb

Additional content is contributed by University Communications, University Marketing, and various freelancers.