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April 2017
 
 
Fighting the great land grab
 
Raised on a family farm, Loka Ashwood now battles their disappearance
 

The story Loka Ashwood tells of the transformation of the rural farming community where she grew up is a sad—and, sadly, familiar—one to many who hold happy memories of childhoods spent in similar places. 

 
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Auburn welcomes bee expert
 

An entomologist whose most recent findings as a senior research associate at Switzerland’s University of Bern suggest that two widely used pesticides act as unintended contraceptives in male honey bees has joined the College of Agriculture as an assistant professor.

 
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Youssef's research recognized
 
Nermeen Youssef, a Ph.D. student studying under Rex Dunham in Auburn’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, was honored with the Soy Aquaculture Alliance’s Student Award during Aquaculture America 2017, the World Aquaculture Society’s annual meeting in February.
 
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IN BRIEF
 
 
Three veteran faculty retire
 

December 31, 2016, brought the retirement of College of Agriculture professors Curtis Jolly and Diane Hite, both from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, and on May 31, horticulture professor and Toomer’s Oaks spokesman Gary Keever will follow suit.

 
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Faculty members appointed, reappointed to endowed professorships
 
Auburn College of Agriculture plant pathology associate professor Leonardo De La Fuente has been awarded the Entomology and Plant Pathology Faculty Endowed Professorship in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Department of Horticulture head and professor Dave Williams reappointed as the Elbert A. and Barbara L. Botts Endowed Professor in Horticulture, College of Agriculture Dean Paul Patterson announced in late 2016.
 
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2016 Ag Communications grad a rising star in country music
 
For Prattville native Jessie Lynn Nichols, 2016 was a banner year. In the course of just 365 days, the hard-working agricultural communications senior managed to accomplish more than many folks achieve in a lifetime—from launching her third business venture to earning multiple awards for her music, and from performing as the opening act for one of her all-time favorite groups (the Oak Ridge Boys) to graduating from college.
 
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CLASS NOTES
 
 
 
1970s
 
Joe Cordray

Joe Cordray (MS ’76, PhD ’83, animal sciences) of Ames, Iowa, was inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in January. 
 
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1980s
 
Deanne Smith-Hodges

(BS ’87, agricultural sciences) is a retired instructor. She and her husband, Paul, have two children: Audrey and Dusti. Audrey is in her fourth year at Auburn, and Dusti plans to enroll this fall.
 
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1990s
 
David Ray
(BS ’95, ag business and economics) lives in Edenton, North Carolina, and is director of production at Smithfield Hog Production.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
College of Agriculture Open House
 
April 7

Admitted students and prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend this open house event and learn more about our family in the College of Agriculture. Activities include sitting in on college classes, visiting our academic and research facilities, meeting faculty and current students and more. High school teachers and guidance counselors can also register to bring groups to the event.
 
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Food Entrepreneur Conference
 
April 26-27

The Food Entrepreneur Conference is hosted by the Auburn University Food Systems Institute and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Pre-register for $150.00 before April 19, 2017. Full registration after April 19, 2017 costs $200.
 
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Spring commencement and graduation breakfast
 
May 7

The College of Agriculture will honor its Spring 2017 graduates during the Graduation Breakfast, set for 10:00 a.m. at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena. The commencement ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the Auburn Arena. 
 
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