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ARS grain research center to be renovated

Research on cereal grains will soon be enhanced, thanks to major renovations nearing completion at a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research facility.

Originally dedicated in 1970, the Grain Marketing and Production Research Center (GMPRC) is being modernized as part of a 10-year project. The center 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 center 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 remodeled facility will provide the up-to-date environment necessary for the center'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," ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling said.

Strategically located in the nation's "bread basket," GMPRC scientists develop new technologies to protect and improve U.S. 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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