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February 2018
 
 
RESEARCH
Breaking the Code
Auburn plays role in mapping peanut genome
New and improved peanut varieties could be coming growers’ and consumers’ way more frequently in the future thanks to the results of a five-year research project by Auburn University's Charles Chen and a team of international scientists who have successfully mapped the crop’s genetic code.
 
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ON CAMPUS, COMMUNITY
A Gastronomic Gathering 
Food Entrepreneur Conference set for March 21-22 in Auburn
Current and aspiring culinary capitalists can gain valuable insight on food safety, certification and business management during the Auburn University Food Systems Institute’s sixth annual Food Entrepreneur Conference in Auburn March 21-22. Robert Armstrong, founder of Selma-based G. Momma's Cookies, will be the keynote speaker.
 
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AROUND THE COLLEGE
One Sweet Ride
Tiger Giving Day 2018 proceeds will fund quarter-scale tractor team
Auburn University’s quarter-scale tractor team, comprised of biosystems engineering students, will receive 100 percent of the funds donated to the College of Agriculture on Auburn’s Tiger Giving Day 2018, set for Wednesday, Feb. 21. Learn how you can help them compete.
 
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IN BRIEF
 
 
Bowen, McElroy awarded prestigious Alumni Professorships
 
Only 16 of Auburn University’s 1,330 faculty members currently hold the prestigious title of Alumni Professor, and six of those 16 are in the College of Agriculture. The two most recent professorship awardees in the college are plant pathologist Kira Bowen in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and weed scientist Scott McElroy in the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences. 
 
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Carter to represent Auburn at USDA Forum
 
Auburn University agricultural communications senior Brittany Carter is one of 30 students from land-grant universities, non-land-grant colleges of agriculture and Hispanic-serving institutions across the nation who will participate in USDA’s 2018 Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program in Washington, D.C., Feb. 19-23.
 
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Auburn’s Muntifering wins animal science society’s top award
 
The Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science will recognize Auburn University professor Russ Muntifering for his outstanding service to the livestock industry over his 38-year career when it presents him its 2018 Distinguished Service Award at a section meeting later this month in Fort Worth.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
2018 Hall of Honor Banquet
Feb. 8

The Auburn University Agricultural Alumni Association will pay tribute to five Alabamians who have had a major impact on Alabama agriculture during its 2018 Alabama Agriculture Hall of Honor banquet, Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center.
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Inside Ag Hill
Feb. 22 

Students admitted to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture for fall 2018 are invited to explore Ag Hill on Feb. 22. Students will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, talk with students and sit in on a mock class. Parents are also invited to attend. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
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Spring Break schedule
Mar. 12 - 16

Spring Break for students will begin Monday, March 12.
 
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