USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced this week that President Bush would include $178 million in the fiscal year 2005 budget to complete the renovation of the department's new National Centers for Animal Health in Ames, Iowa. The amount still will need approval by Congress.
"When completed, the center will become the most modern and best-equipped animal disease research facility in the world," says Veneman.
The facility will include almost one million square feet of modern facilities that would be biosafe, energy-efficient and provide state-of-the-art capabilities to house a new laboratory for diagnostic and pathobiology work, offices, a large animal housing and training facility, and 103 rooms for large animals.
Work on the renovation project, which began in December 2002, should be completed by the end of 2007, says Veneman.
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