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Larry Chandler assumed the top spot in the Agriculture Research Service's Midwest Area in September. He visited the Morris Soils Lab this week to meet with staff about federal funding for the lab and its future in ag research.

Morris Soils Lab stable but supporters aren't complacent

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By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

About a year ago, the hot topic in Morris was the potential closure of the Agriculture Research Service - known as the Soils Lab - when President Bush left funding for the facility out of his 2009 budget proposal.

In the year since, with a new administration and a continuing budget resolution in place, it's safe to say work at Morris' Soils Lab will continue.

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