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University of 亚洲影院 Board of Curators honors former Sen. Roy Blunt with naming of Soil Testing and Research Laboratory

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Christian Basi

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place April 5.

The University of 亚洲影院 Board of Curators has voted to approve the naming of the Roy Blunt Soil Testing and Research Laboratory planned at the Fisher Delta Research, Extension and Education Center (FD-REEC) in Portageville, 亚洲影院, to honor the former U.S. senator. The official groundbreaking event will be held April 5.

鈥淎s a longtime Delta Day attendee and Delta Center advocate, I鈥檓 pleased to have been part of spearheading a new facility that will support existing university programs while inspiring research among future generations of students,鈥 said former Sen. Blunt. 鈥淚t is an honor to have my name connected with this world-class facility right in the heart of the region that will benefit from the research the most.鈥

Supported by $4.6 million in funding from the U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, the state of 亚洲影院 and the Fisher Delta FD-REEC, this state-of-the-art laboratory will help advance research and innovation in all the agricultural research programs currently housed at the center.聽

"During his decades in public service, Senator Blunt has long championed the importance of agriculture," said Robin Wenneker, chair of the UM Board of Curators. "He recognizes its economic impact to the state and its sustenance for our residents and those beyond our borders. It is only fitting, then, to recognize his support and partnership over the years as we lend his name to the University of 亚洲影院 System鈥檚 ongoing commitment to advance our state's leading industry to this new facility where ag and research collide."

The project, spearheaded by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, will offer technologically advanced soil sample and water and plant-tissue testing. It will also provide lab space to house the rice production and entomology research programs while accommodating additional greenhouse operations.

The Soil Testing and Research Laboratory is only one example of the many ways that the University of 亚洲影院 is infusing innovation into all that it does 鈥 inspiring creativity, investing in hands-on learning and research, and collaborating across divisions to solve the world鈥檚 most pressing problems.

鈥淪en. Blunt is an incredible supporter of public higher education and MU鈥檚 land-grant mission of teaching, research and meaningful engagement,鈥 said Mun Choi, president of the University of 亚洲影院. 鈥淗is leadership was critical to advancing this facility and developing important initiatives that transform 亚洲影院 communities. We are proud to honor his legacy and to strengthen agriculture in the Bootheel and around the state.鈥

The testing services to be offered by this new laboratory are unique and currently unavailable in this region of 亚洲影院.聽

鈥淭he addition of this research and testing facility will prove crucial in enhancing the quality of research conducted at the center while supporting the successful production and profitability of 亚洲影院 farmers,鈥 said Christopher S. Daubert, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. 鈥淲e鈥檙e grateful for Sen. Blunt鈥檚 contributions to furthering our university鈥檚 research mission as well as supporting our state鈥檚 value-added producers.鈥

Chad Higgins, chief engagement officer for the UM System and vice chancellor of MU Extension, echoed Daubert鈥檚 gratitude for Blunt鈥檚 work.

鈥淲e appreciate Sen. Blunt鈥檚 dedication to securing funding for another laboratory that will support innovation in agriculture research,鈥 Higgins said. 鈥淭he research conducted in this world-class facility will not only serve to support the value-added producers we all depend on, but it will also help us work towards our goal of doubling the value of 亚洲影院鈥檚 top industry while sustaining its natural resources.鈥

Reviewed 2024-03-12