ARS grain research centre renovation
Research on cereal grains, used to feed poultry, will
soon be enhanced, thanks to major renovations nearing completion at a US
Department of Agriculture (USDA) research facility.
Originally dedicated in 1970, the Grain Marketing and Production Research
Center (GMPRC) is being modernised as part of a 10-year project. The centre is
operated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA's chief intramural
scientific research agency.
Set on a 12-acre tract of land deeded to USDA by the state of Kansas, the
centre comprises a 60,000-square-foot combined laboratory and office building, a
pilot plant and a 150-foot grain elevator. The GMPRC works collaboratively with
several partners, including Kansas State University.
This remodelled facility will provide the up-to-date environment necessary
for the centre's scientists to conduct issue-driven, problem-solving research in
production, harvesting, storage and marketing of the nation's staple grains,
including wheat, corn and sorghum," said ARS Administrator Edward B.
Strategically located in the nation's "bread basket", GMPRC scientists
develop new technologies to protect and improve US grain production and products
that are important human foods, livestock feeds and potential sources of
biofuels in both domestic and international markets.
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