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June 21, 2018
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: With headshot of Slaton downloadable at https://flic.kr/p/VYB5oG )
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nathan Slaton, head of the Arkansas Soil Testing Lab, has been
appointed assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station effective
“I am thrilled about Dr. Slaton’s willingness to become a full-time member of the
Agricultural Experiment Station’s administrative team,” Jean-Francois Meullenet, director
of the experiment station, said Thursday in announcing the appointment. “Nathan’s
experience in production agriculture and his knowledge of our statewide facilities
will be invaluable to me as we make investments in our research infrastructure, develop
strategies to increase research funding in the Division of Agriculture and maximize
our impact in Arkansas and beyond.”
Slaton, a professor in crops soils and environmental science, had been serving as
an assistant director, part-time, for the Experiment Station since 2016. As full-time
assistant director, he will retain leadership at the soil test lab, as well as overseeing
all of the Division of Agriculture’s analytical testing services. Additionally, he
will be acting as administrative liaison for some of the state’s commodity boards
as well as the Division of Agriculture’s stations dedicated to research.
Slaton succeeds Rick Roeder, who retires June 30 after 16 years as associate director.
Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture, for the University of Arkansas System and
head of the system’s Division of Agriculture, said: “Since Nathan joined the division
in 1989 as an extension agent, he has demonstrated strength in every phase of his
career with us -- through all three land grant missions of teaching research and extension.”
“Over the last few years, Nathan clearly demonstrated the qualities of a leader who
can keep the experiment station strong for the people we serve,” he said.
“I want to thank Dr. Cochran and Dr. Meullenet for giving me the opportunity to serve
the Division of Agriculture and our stakeholders in a new capacity,” Slaton said.
“I look forward to promoting and developing Division of Agriculture programs that
advance scientific discovery by our faculty and enhance the productivity and sustainability
of Arkansas producers.”
Slaton is an Indiana native, raised on a small family farm near Evansville. He earned
a BS in agronomy at Murray State and a masters and PhD in agronomy at the University
of Arkansas. He joined the Division of Agriculture as Jefferson County extension agent.
He served an area extension rice agronomist from 1990—95 before being named extension
agronomist rice in 1995. In 2001, he moved to the agricultural experiment station
side of the Division of agriculture as an assistant professor and director of soil
testing. In 2009, he was named a professor. In 2016, he was appointed as a part-time
assistant director of the station.
To learn more about the work being done by the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment station
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org