Nathan Slaton, associate professor of crop, soil and environmental sciences at the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, has received the Robert E. Wagner Young Scientist Award from the Potash and Phosphate Institute.

Cliff Snyder, the Potash and Phosphate Institute's southeast director, presented the award on the university campus in May.

Snyder said the award, which comes with a $5,000 cash award, is the highest honor bestowed by PPI. It recognizes “leadership and accomplishments toward efficient, competitive agriculture based on sound science and in harmony with environmental and human values.”

Snyder said two Robert E. Wagner Award recipients, one each in categories younger than 45 and older than 45, are selected each year by an international committee.

Slaton is director of soil testing at the university. He conducts research in soil fertility and plant nutrition of agricultural row crops with emphasis on rice, wheat and soybean production. He works in the area of nutrient management for phosphorus, potassium and micronutrients like zinc and boron.