May 25, 2007

Smithsonian to Plan Soil Science Exhibit

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new exhibit that really dishes the dirt is in the planning stages at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

Seeking to plow new fields of knowledge, the Fertilizer Institute announced it is making a $1 million grant to the museum to create an exhibit on soil science.

"Through our sponsorship of the exhibit, we hope the museum's over 6 million visitors annually will gain a greater appreciation of the role modern agriculture plays in sustaining healthy soils," Ford B. West, president of the Institute, said in a statement.

West also heads the Nutrients for Life Foundation, a co-sponsor of the exhibit, which is on the horizon for next year.

Helping dig up details for the exhibit will be the Soil Science Society of America.

And after the landslide of visitors expected at the museum in Washington, the exhibition won't lie fallow - the sponsors hope it will go on the road for three years visiting cities across the country.


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