Centrally located, Ames plays a major role in the nation’s animal and food safety initiatives. One of two national sites for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is located in Ames. The city also has Iowa State University, a leader in agriculture, design and veterinary medicine. Ames has been ranked one of the Best College Towns in the country. Residents enjoy 35 woodland parks, more than 30 miles of bike and walking trails, five golf courses, and a vibrant downtown.
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