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Board endows chair, supports soybean research

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board (MSPB) has invested in the Edgar E. Hartwig Endowed Chair in Soybean Agronomy at Mississippi State University (MSU).

Named after the late Edgar E. Hartwig, a renowned soybean breeder, MSPB’s investment will help fund an endowed chair in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

MSPB’s funding leveraged additional funding from industry partners Monsanto and Syngenta.

Hartwig spent 47 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville. He developed many of the soybean varieties grown in the southern United States and regions around the world with similar climates.

“Soybean production improves our state’s economy and environment,” says George Hopper, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. “An endowed chair will sustain research, teaching and service focused on improving soybean cropping systems.”

Hopper added that the future of soybean research and education will include integrating tillage systems, crop rotations, soil and water conservation, cover crops, pest management and sufficient plant nutrition.

A 2007 contribution from Hartwig’s wife, Winifred, to MSU established the endowed chair and provided support for graduate student research. The investments from MSPB and its industry partners will be added to the original fund.

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