His dad helped revolutionize the way we farm fish. Now Auburn University fisheries grad Graves Lovell spends his days ensuring folks can catch them. When asked to describe this role, Graves boils it down to sound-bite size with the skill of a seasoned politician—“managing, enhancing and protecting the fisheries resources for the people of Alabama”—but ask him to dip into the details, and be prepared for the flood gates to open. It’s obvious he not only takes seriously what he does every day, he also believes in it…and loves it.
AU professor questions policy for genetically engineered animals
Federal regulators have approved a fast-growing transgenic salmon as the first genetically engineered animal available for human consumption. And while some are hailing it as a historic breakthrough, others are questioning whether the current approval process for the technology is stringent enough to prevent risks to the environment. One of those doing the questioning is Auburn University’s Conner Bailey.
Shaw, Pegues lead Team USA to world soil judging title
Auburn University soils professor Joey Shaw just led Team USA to a world championship at the International Soil Judging Contest in Godollo, Hungary. Auburn crop, soils and environmental sciences student Kristen Pegues was the highest scorer in the competition, making her the world’s No. 1 soil judge in 2015.
College of Agriculture, Cuba sign academic exchange treaty
The Auburn University College of Agriculture has entered a historic partnership with the Agrarian University of Havana and the Cuban National Center for Animal and Plant Health that paves the way for faculty and student exchange programs and collaborative research efforts between Auburn agriculture and the Cuban institutions.