ARS grain research center to be renovated

25-02-2008 | |
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

“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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