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July 2017
Showing his mettle

Auburn ag's Bailey swims to U.S. open water championship


On an overcast Sunday morning in early June, Conner Bailey swam 9.2 miles, nonstop, down the Tennessee River, to a first-place finish in U.S. Masters Swimming’s 2017 Ultramarathon Distance Open Water National Championship in Chattanooga. And, get this. With a time of 2:42:55, the Auburn University rural sociology professor emeritus reached the finish line a staggering 25 minutes and 55 seconds ahead of his closest, and only, competitor in the 70-74 age bracket and left 10 men who were 10 and 20 years his junior in his wake. Not too shabby for an old guy. Especially an old guy who, 18 months before, had been dogpaddling upstream in a race for his life.

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Meeting consumer demands for poultry quality

Have you ever bitten into your favorite fast-food chicken sandwich only to find the meat is tough and chewy? This could become a rarity, thanks to a process assistant professor Amit Morey is developing to rapidly detect poor meat quality in chicken breasts. Morey is one of seven Auburn researchers recently awarded a LAUNCH Innovation Grant to help move their research from the lab to the marketplace.

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Sustaining farms, safeguarding water
Auburn is joining with three other Southeastern universities in a $5 million research effort to help ensure water for agricultural production while maintaining healthy rivers and springs. The project seeks to safeguard the sustainability of agriculture and forestry while protecting water quantity, quality and habitat in the underground Floridan Aquifer and the springs and rivers it feeds.
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Food Science Camp
July 23-28
Food Science Camp, conducted by faculty, staff, and students from Auburn's College of Agriculture is open to science-loving rising 10th – 12th graders. If you've ever wondered what makes sour candies so sour or why your soda goes flat – our 5-day residential camp is for you.

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Ag Alumni Association board meeting
July 21
Homecoming and Ag Roundup
Sept. 16

Join us at Ag Heritage Park for a variety of fun activities, silent auction, great food and more. For more information, visit
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