AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Congress has approved over $43 million for a new agriculture science facility at Auburn University. 

The funding was secured, in part, by U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby who serves as the powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. 

“The soil lab will serve as an outlet for the USDA to complete research that will improve crop and livestock production for Alabama and the entire nation,"  said Shelby. "I look forward to the work that will result from the partnership between Auburn and the USDA, and I am confident the project will continue to enhance our state’s thriving agriculture industry.”

The funding will help to establish a new United States Department of Agriculture Research Service Soil Dynamics Laboratory 

"The new facility will further Auburn's drive to inspire through life-changing innovation,” said Auburn President Steven Leath. “Auburn will deepen its relationship with the USDA, more opportunities will emerge for our students and faculty and Auburn will be in a better position to solve real-world problems.”

Agency research will focus on improving the productive and sustainable use of soil and water resources for increased crop and livestock production.