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September 21, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Pebble Hill

The public is invited to “World War I and Global Food Security: The Muscle Shoals Story,” a talk by Dr. Amit Roy, past president and CEO of the International Fertilizer Development Center.


During World War I, the United States Government invested heavily in the Shoals region of Alabama, including two major nitrate plants and hydroelectric power production. The nitrate plant infrastructure formed the basis for the country’s warfare capabilities and nurtured the agricultural revolution which increased food production in the United States, as well as in developing countries. A major portion of this “Green Revolution” success is attributed to the National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC) of the Tennessee Valley Authority in Muscle Shoals, where scientist and engineers perfected the technology of efficient production and distribution of primary plant nutrients. IFDC, also headquartered in Muscle Shoals, grew out of NFDC/TVA is having a global impact in helping developing countries improve food production.


Dr. Amit Roy served as the president and CEO of IFDC from 1992 to 2015. Under his leadership, IFDC’s programs broadened to help create sustainable agricultural productivity around the world, alleviating hunger and poverty and ensuring global food security, environmental protection and economic growth.


Dr. Roy’s talk is part of a Draughon Center series commemorating the 100th anniversary of United States’ participation in the World War I and is made possible with funding the Alabama Humanities Foundation, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The program is free and open to the public.


For more information, contact Maiben Beard at 334-844-4903 or maiben@auburn.edu