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Walker announces new UW agriculture research, science centers

Renovations expected to be complete by 2018

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker announced plans Wednesday for new University of Wisconsin buildings for dairy and meat science, according to a release.

The Babcock Hall, Center for Dairy Research and University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology Laboratory renovations are expected to be completed by 2018, according to the release.

The Center for Dairy Research is the largest dairy research center in the United States, according to the release. The center provides research, technical support, and outreach for dairies, suppliers, regulatory agencies, and national and international dairy organizations.

The project will expand the building to allow for more research space, add environmentally controlled rooms, which are necessary when making different varieties of cheese, and add air handling equipment, according to the release. The project was originally established 25 years ago.

"Our dairy and meat science industries will be able to remain on the cutting edge of research with these new buildings," Walker said in the release. "The current buildings are not able to meet the research needs and accommodate the number of students interested in these fields. These renovations will allow more students the opportunity to be involved in top-of-the-field research for dairy and meat science."

The updates will be the first renovation for Babcock Hall, which was originally built in 1948, according to the release. The building project will expand the research facility to accommodate students who are currently on waiting lists due to the current building size. Health code standards will also be upgraded to meet current standards.

According to the release, the project also includes a new laboratory for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science and Muscle Biology department. The new lab will help the department meet its goals to train the next generation of meat industry leaders, support innovative research, and provide ongoing outreach education.

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