New soil research buildings in Auburn will house the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Auburn’s College of Agriculture and the Auburn Research & Technology Foundation hosted a groundbreaking Monday for the facility, which will include two buildings at Auburn Research Park and two buildings near Auburn’s campus.
“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, according to a release from Auburn. 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.
Among those speaking at the groundbreaking were U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and Christopher B. Roberts, president of Auburn University.