Andrew Gascho Landis, a Ph.D. student in Auburn’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, has won the Grand Prize and $6,000 in the 2010 Future of Southern Agriculture Student Essay Contest with his entry addressing the topic of water conservation and how farmers in the Southeast could manage their water resources more effectively to ensure the sustainability of agriculture in the region. The contest, which is cosponsored by Syngenta Crop Protection and Farm Press, was open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in agriculture programs at 14 universities stretching from Arizona to Virginia. Gascho Landis took top honors in the grad student category. Working under the supervision of fisheries and allied aquacultures assistant professor Jim Stoeckel, Gascho Landis is focusing his doctoral research on the impact elevated nitrogen concentrations in rivers and lakes have on various species of mussels. His winning essay can be found online at http://www.farmassist.com/promo/fosa/images/Andrew_Gascho_Landis.pdf.