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Auburn University College of Agriculture magazine.
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March 2017
 
 
A tale of two Steves
 
Alums 'Bug' and 'Weed' Brown advance agriculture in the Southeast
 

While it could be argued that a good story should be told from its beginning, sometimes it makes more sense to start in the middle. That’s where this story of two Steve Browns—both Auburn ag grads, former UGA faculty members and highly respected agricultural scientists—begins.

 
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Battling drought with research
 

In Alabama, farmers often say that, during the summer, they’re always 10 days away from being in a drought. So this past year, when some parts of the state went for more than 70 consecutive days without measurable rainfall, many were unprepared.

 
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Tiger Giving Day a success
 
On Feb. 21, supporters of Auburn's College of Agriculture raised $10,000 for Alabama Water Watch during Tiger Giving Day. Click below to hear from Mona Dominguez, AWW volunteer coordinator, about what those funds will allow the group to accomplish.
 
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IN BRIEF
 
 
Precision agriculture workshops presented
 

The Alabama Precision Agriculture Extension Program will be presenting several precision agriculture workshops in 2017. 

 
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Auburn agriculture part of pilot big-data 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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College adds new major 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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CLASS NOTES
 
 
 
1940s
 
Jim Boman

(BS ’43, agricultural science) of Vernon had a long career as a soil scientist with USDA’s Soil Conservation Service. 
 
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1950s
 
Jim Grantham

(BS ’57, biosystems engineering), of Raleigh, N.C., retired in 2010 after selling his company, a designer and supplier of portable laboratories for use in working with hazardous products and diseases. 
 
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1960s
 
Mary Delchamps Magnusson

(’65, horticulture) became an ordained minister after working in the field of horticulture for many years. She entered ministry in 1981 and retired in 2008.
 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
Mobile area alumni reception
 
March 16

Join the College of Agriculture and Dean Paul Patterson for a reception featuring light refreshments and an update from the dean.
 
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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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