Historic Milestones and Laboratory Directors
- 1935 USDA Regional Research Laboratories created by Bankhead-Jones Act.
- 1936 Committee established by Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace recommended, among other things, a survey of trace element content of soils and study of the bioavailability to people and animals of trace elements in plants or plant products used as food or feed.
- 1939 Funding for the US Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory approved.
- 1940 Leonard Maynard chosen as Laboratory Director. Building occupied and first experiments initiated.
- 1941 First annual report on research progress.
- 1946 Karl C. Hamner appointed Laboratory Director.
- 1948 Kenneth C. Beeson appointed Laboratory Director.
- 1960 William H. Allaway appointed Laboratory Director.
- 1963 Additional research facilities created by construction of new wing to the building.
- 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Robert W. Holley for the determination of the first nucleic acid sequence.
- 1977 Dave Moore appointed Laboratory Director.
- 1978 Staff of microclimatology research project incorporated into the Laboratory.
- 1980 Darrell R. Van Campen appointed Laboratory Director.
- 1982 Staff of USDA Dairy Forage Cluster at Cornell University incorporated into Laboratory.
- 1997 Leon V. Kochian appointed Laboratory Director.
- 2001 Center of Agricultural Bioinformatics incorporated into the Laboratory.
- 2003 The ARS Functional and Comparative Proteomics Facility established within the Laboratory.
- 2004 Funding appropriated for the design of new building to house all of the research programs within the U.S. Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory.