USDA breaks ground on new soil research buildings in Auburn
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, or ARS, Auburn University's College of Agriculture and the Auburn Research & Technology Foundation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for its new research facility housing the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
This new research facility will include two new buildings at Auburn Research Park and two additional buildings at a second site near the university’s campus. The buildings are expertly designed for current research efforts.
“With these new buildings and the continuing cooperation with our research partners at Auburn University, we believe that the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory will continue to have a substantial positive impact on agriculture all over the world,” said Simon Liu, ARS acting administrator.
The buildings will house research on conservation cropping systems, environmentally sound animal waste management and global climate change. Research efforts also will focus on improved poultry production practices, cotton disease control, improved forage production and the use of biochar in agriculture.
“The National Soil Dynamics Laboratory and Auburn University scientists are considered national leaders in the development of economical and environmentally sound crop management systems for production agriculture in the Southeast and are leading the way in the new national focus on soil and water quality to maintain the productivity of our nation’s farms,” said Allen Torbert, supervisory research soil scientist and research leader for the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
Leaders who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony included:
Richard Shelby, U.S. senator for Alabama
Christopher B. Roberts, president of Auburn University
Paul Patterson, dean of Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station
Bill Dean, executive director of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation
James “Jimmy” Sanford, chair of the Student Affairs Committee of the Auburn University Board of Trustees and chairman of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, or ARS, Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and the Auburn Research Technology Foundation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for its new research facility housing the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
A rendering is pictured of two research buildings housing the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn. (Image provided by Burns & McDonnell)
Tony Adesemoye, who received his doctorate from Auburn University in plant pathology, recently returned to the Plains to join researchers in the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn. As a micro-biologist, Adesemoye’s work focuses on plant growth-enhancing microbes for a new project to improve forage production in Alabama. His research is currently housed in the small greenhouse at the lab, located at the corner of South Donahue Drive and West Samford Avenue. Most of lab will be relocated to a new facility being constructed in the Auburn Research Park. For researchers like Adesemoye, the new building site will provide many new capabilities for research and collaboration.
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