John Andrae has been tapped to lead Clemson University's new Simpson Research and Education Center.
The Clemson Simpson Research and Education Center (REC) was formed by the consolidation of Clemson's campus farms. The center is located in the university's Agricultural Center on Old Cherry Road.
Andrae is a 10-year veteran of Clemson Research and Extension. He has studied both plants an animals and holds a doctorate in animal physiology from the University of Idaho as well as a master's degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M University.
Andrae has been a professor of forage crops and livestock grazing systems at Clemson since 2006. He was also a professor in the Oklahoma State University animal science department and the University of Idaho's Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences and Animal and Veterinary Sciences group, and the University of Georgia's crop and soil sciences department.
“I am honored to be selected as first director of the Simpson REC,” Andrae said. “I hope to improve the already strong ties among faculty and the research farms while working to improve agriculture research, extension and teaching programs in South Carolina.”
Chris Ray, director of the Clemson University Experiment Station, said the university's REC is unique. “The Simpson REC is different from the other RECs in that the land that makes up the other RECs are contiguous for each REC and the land for the Simpson REC is located around (campus),” he said.
The REC brings together seven research farms on and near Clemson's main campus. These farms include the Calhoun Field Laboratory, which is used for field research in plant sciences; Crop and Equipment Services, which is used to teach crop production, pasture management and vehicle and equipment maintenance; the Equine Center for animal and veterinary sciences; LaMaster Dairy Center, which provides animals to be used in research, teaching and extension projects; the Morgan Poultry Center, which houses a feed mill, hatchery and workshop; Musser Fruit Research Center; the Sheep Barn and Small Ruminants Facility for nutrition and tall fescue projects; the Simpson Research Farm, which provides resources and livestock for agronomic research and teaching; and the Starkey Swine Center, a "farrow to finish" operation.
"It’s a pretty unique situation here,” Ray said. “The other RECs have certain animals, fruit or vegetable crops to study. The Simpson REC is a conglomeration of several different types of animals and different types of crops being researched. We believe this will strengthen the research activities by having a more streamlined, coordinated approach to the research.”
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