MARIANNA — Construction has begun on the expansion and renovation of a soil testing and research laboratory in eastern Arkansas.
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture's Soil Testing and Research Laboratory's receiving and lab buildings will be replaced while the office wing will be renovated.
The program has provided free statewide testing for 65 years of soil samples submitted through Cooperative Extension Service county offices. The laboratory provides customized reports on soil nutrient levels and recommendations for fertilizer and lime applications for the desired use and location.
The construction will be conducted in phases and is expected to be finished in August 2014.