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Auburn University College of Agriculture magazine.
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June 2017
Like father, like sons

Ponder brothers reflect on life lessons learned on the job with daddy


Harry Ponder admits it: He’s never worked a day in his life. For the most part, neither has his brother, Rex. They came by that honestly, folks who knew their daddy, Glenn Ponder, would say. That man delighted in plants and even more so in people, and spending every day at his nursery near Dadeville surrounded by an abundance of both couldn’t seriously be called work. For two youngsters who spent most of their waking hours at their daddy’s business, that positive attitude became engrained.

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25 years of water watching

Alabama has enough miles of rivers and streams to circle the earth five times, and for the past 25 years, a devoted group of citizen volunteers has worked to protect these bountiful water resources.

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A healthy impact
While fruits and vegetables are undeniably good for the body, they’re also a major boost for Alabama’s economy, Auburn University and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station economists found in a recently completed analysis of the industry.
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New training and research facility debuts at NPTC

The National Poultry Technology Center at Auburn University recently hosted its first hands-on training seminar at its new equipment testing and evaluation house. The event attracted about 80 poultry managers and technicians from leading commercial poultry companies.

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Auburn agriculture part of big data pilot project
How big is data in U.S. agriculture? Consider that one acre of corn can generate seven gigabytes of data. With approximately 93 million acres of the crop currently in production, that’s 145 million DVDs filled with information—from just one crop.
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Degree option offered in applied biotechnology
Students at Auburn University will have a new degree option next fall as the College of Agriculture offers a bachelor of science in applied biotechnology. The new major was approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education in December.
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Daniels named acting director of global programs
Auburn University associate professor Bill Daniels has been named acting director of global programs for the College of Agriculture, effective June 1, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Director, AAES, Henry Fadamiro has announced.
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College of Agriculture Summer Camp
July 17-19
The College of Agriculture will host an overnight summer camp for 6th through 8th graders this July. Watch our website,, for more details coming soon.
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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