AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Commission on Higher Education has approved an online master of turfgrass management program for Auburn University’s College of Agriculture. The program is designed for working professionals and offers 100 percent of its curriculum online.
The non-thesis graduate degree program will emphasize key areas of turfgrass management, including installation methods, breeding and development, insect and disease control and construction of specialty areas such as athletic fields and putting greens. The program will officially begin with the 2014 spring semester.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University professor, department chair and researcher Arthur Appel was named interim associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and interim assistant director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, effective Jan. 1, Dean and Director Bill Batchelor has announced.
“Dr. Appel’s track record of success as a researcher and administrative leader at Auburn make him an excellent selection for this role,” Batchelor said. “He has been vital to our research programs and administrative team, and we are pleased for his interest and willingness to take on these new opportunities.”
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – After more than a decade of research into an increasingly common and costly broiler condition known as green muscle disease, a team of poultry scientists at Auburn University has identified a blood enzyme that could give breeders a noninvasive tool to screen birds for susceptibility to the disease.
Elevated levels of the enzyme, creatine kinase, can signal muscle breakdown and damage. In humans, high levels of the enzyme in the blood can be indicators of heart attack, muscular dystrophy, acute renal failure and other serious muscle conditions. In broilers, they indicate the development of green muscle disease.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s 2013 Fall Roundup and Taste of Alabama Agriculture is set for homecoming Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at Ag Heritage Park prior to the Auburn – Western Carolina football game. Activities will be set up on Ag Heritage Park’s south side, with the main entrance located at the Alabama Farmers Pavilion, 620-A South Donahue Drive.
Ag Roundup, which has earned a reputation over the past 33 years as Auburn’s largest tailgate party, is open to everyone and features a wide range of foods grown and/or produced in Alabama, including corn dogs, sausage, burgers, boiled peanuts, satsumas, fried catfish, fried chicken, popcorn and sweet potato fries. In addition to the food, Ag Roundup offers children’s activities, informative exhibits and live and silent auctions with proceeds to benefit College of Agriculture scholarships.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University Department of Agronomy and Soils has a new name, and a 1979 alumnus of the program is returning to head what is now the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, College of Agriculture Dean Bill Batchelor has announced.
John Beasley Jr., a professor and Extension peanut agronomist in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia – Tifton campus, will assume his new position at Auburn Jan. 1. He succeeds Joe Touchton, who is retiring from 33 years on the Auburn faculty and 24 years as department head.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s new $7.1 million Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center, a state-of-the-art academic and research feed production facility located on a 50-acre site north of the main campus, officially opened Friday, Nov. 16, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by university administrators and representatives of the poultry and feed mill industries.
“The new Poultry and Animal Nutrition Center at Auburn is the result of a great partnership between the university and agribusiness,” Auburn President Jay Gogue said.
The feed mill has had strong industry support since plans began taking shape in early 2008, when a technical advisory committee that included poultry nutritionists and feed mill personnel was formed to provide input on the facility’s design and equipment. Thus far, more than 40 corporations have donated to the facility, including $750,000 in equipment.