Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced late last week that USDA is distributing $176 million in Recovery Act funding to upgrade laboratory buildings and support facilities at research locations across the country. These projects, according to the agency, will further important research conducted at laboratories in 29 states, and will help revitalize local economies by creating jobs and supporting businesses that supply needed construction products and services.

"President Obama is committed to ensuring that USDA stays on the cutting edge of research in food safety, nutrition, producing food and preserving the quality of our soil and water," Vilsack said. "This funding will ensure that our labs can carry out the critical research that enables the U.S. to have the safest, least expensive food supply in the world."

Livestock-oriented laboratories receiving funding include:

  • National AnimalDiseaseCenter, Ames, Iowa, recieving $10.5 million
  • Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory,   Miles City, Mont., receiving $4 million
  • Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Neb., receiving $1.3 million
  • Southern PlainsAgriculturalResearchCenter, College Station, Texas, recieving $1.3 million
  • USDA-ARS Forage & Range Research Laboratory, Logan, Utah receiving $55,000
  • U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center and Cereal Crops Laboratory, Madison, Wis., receiving $650,000

  The full release and list of finding recipients is available from USDA