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Francisco J. Arriaga

Arriaga is a research soil scientist with the USDA National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn, Alabama, where he works to develop row crop management systems that improve soil physical properties and overall soil quality. “The main goal is to increase organic matter content in the soil,” says Arriaga. Arriaga also is an affiliate assistant professor at Auburn University—his research interests include bioenergy crops—and serves as an associate editor with the Agronomy Journal and the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. Arriaga, who grew up in Puerto Rico, comes to Wisconsin often to visit his in-laws. His wife, Julie Sue Studnicka Arriaga MS Soil Science, was raised on a dairy farm in Muscoda.