AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An online master’s degree program in soil, water and environmental science at Auburn University has gained final approval and will officially launch spring semester 2014, giving working professionals in fields related to natural resource management the opportunity to further their education and build their expertise via distance education.
The fully online program, which the Alabama Commission on Higher Education approved Sept. 13, is a multi-institutional and multidisciplinary program offered through the Agriculture Interactive Distance Education Alliance, or AG*IDEA, a consortium of universities offering distance education programs and courses in agricultural disciplines. In addition to Auburn, participating AG*IDEA institutions include the University of Georgia, North Carolina State University and Texas Tech University.
AUBURN UNIVERISTY – A two-week, tri-state road show highlighting the advances that a regional bioenergy research partnership in the Southeast has made in its first two years will wrap up Saturday, Oct. 12, in Auburn and will be set up at Ag Heritage Park from 9 a.m. to noon as part of this year’s Ag Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture.
The mobile tour, sponsored by the Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems, or IBSS, features Auburn’s tractor-trailer-mounted mobile biomass gasifier converting wood chips and other plant-based materials into biofuels and energy. At Ag Roundup, the electricity generated from biomass will be used to power big-screen TVs.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A newly released series of reports demonstrates the dominant and, in many cases, indispensable role the agriculture and forestry sector plays in the economic fortunes of Alabama’s 67 counties.
The reports, collectively titled the Economic Impacts of Alabama’s Agriculture, Forestry and Related Industries, are the result of a collaborative effort of the Alabama Agribusiness Council, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University and other businesses and organizations. It is a compilation of agricultural and forestry economic data collected from all of Alabama’s 67 counties.
The comprehensive county-level data is available online: http://www.AlabamaAgImpact.com.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Agriculture and forestry contribute $70.4 billion annually to Alabama’s economy and account for 22 percent of the state’s workforce, according to a study released today.
“The findings from this study are a powerful tool for our industry,” said Leigha Cauthen, executive director of the Alabama Agribusiness Council. “This research highlights the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy by providing reliable and credible facts we can use as advocates for the state’s farmers, agribusinesses and rural landowners.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The late William E. “Bill” Hardy Jr., a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Auburn University for almost 39 years, has been posthumously awarded the status of professor emeritus.
The College of Agriculture celebrated the honor in an Oct. 6 ceremony at Auburn’s Ag Heritage Park in which Hardy’s widow, Linda, was presented the official proclamation of her late husband’s emeritus title. Hardy, who taught agricultural law and finance, died Oct. 14, 2011.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A patented Auburn University-developed process that cleanly converts inedible waste from the slaughter of animals into marketable products is making its commercial debut this summer with the opening of Alabama Protein Products LLC at Kyser Family Farms, a catfish operation in Hale County.
Alabama Protein, which is expected to employ five to 10 people and give the state’s catfish industry an economic boost, is the first private venture ever to use the trademarked Agricultural Byproduct Value Recovery System, or ABVRS, a quick, energy-efficient and environmentally sound rendering process that, as opposed to conventional rendering methods, creates no foul odors, toxic emissions or wastewater as it recycles animal tissue from food processing plants and other agricultural byproducts into both high-protein fish meal for use in poultry, livestock and fish feed and heart-healthy omega 3 fish oil.