USDA breaks ground on new soil research building in Auburn, Alabama
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AUBURN, ALABAMA, November 28, 2022 – The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the US Department of Agriculture, the College of Agriculture at Auburn University and the Auburn Research Technology Foundation today held the groundbreaking ceremony for their new research facility, which will house the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
This new research facility will include two new buildings in Auburn University Research Park and two additional buildings at a second site near the university campus. The buildings are expertly designed to accommodate current research efforts.
“With these new buildings and continued collaboration with our research partners at Auburn University, we believe the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory will continue to have a significant positive impact on agriculture around the world,” said Dr. Simon Liu, Deputy ARS Administrator.
Renderings of two research buildings housing the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn, Alabama. (Image courtesy of Burns & McDonnell)
The buildings house research on conservation farming systems, environmentally sound animal waste management and global climate change. Research efforts will also focus on improved poultry production methods, cotton disease control, improved forage production and the use of biochar in agriculture.
“The National Soil Dynamics Laboratory and scientists from Auburn University are recognized as national leaders in the development of economical and environmentally sound crop management systems for agricultural production in the Southeast and are pioneering the new national focus on soil and water quality to maintain farm productivity our country,” said Dr. Allen Torbert, senior soil scientist and research director at the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
Executives speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony included:
- Senator Richard Shelby, US Senator for Alabama
- dr Christopher B. Roberts, President of Auburn University
- dr Paul Patterson, dean of the College of Agriculture at Auburn University 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 President of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation
The Agricultural Research Service is the principal scientific in-house research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. On a daily basis, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. Every dollar invested in US agricultural research results in $20 in economic impact.