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SD Ag Labs carries on ‘Olson’ tradition

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

Senior chemist Lawrence Novotny checks one of the flasks in the Kjeldahl rack as lab director Regina Wixon (center) and chemist Emily Weissenfluh look on. South Dakota Agricultural Laboratories, located in the Brookings BioSpace center on 32nd Avenue, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week with an open house. Photo by Ken Curley/Register

• New lab celebrates first year with open house Friday

BROOKINGS – Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you’ve gotta make lemonade.

Regina Wixon and her colleagues were among the dozens of Extension staffers, ag research station workers, laboratory specialists and university teachers who saw their professional lives slipping away when the budget ax fell in April 2011.

Draconian cuts forced on the state university system by the governor and the Legislature meant that Dean Barry Dunn would have to cut $4.7 million from operations at SDSU’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.

Among the victims was the highly regarded Olson Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory, which for decades had aided the state Department of Agriculture, farmers and ranchers, ag businesses and other SDSU scientists.

For the complete article see the 11-28-2012 issue.

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