On Nov. 27, the Lincoln Journal Star reported that construction on a U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory will begin at Nebraska Innovation Campus in 2024.
The National Center for Resilient and Regenerative Precision Agriculture will be a $160 million USDA laboratory. It is expected to double the USDA’s science and support staff presence at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The first phase will feature 15,000 square feet of greenhouses and 10,000 square feet of headhouse space. It will connect to the Greenhouse Innovation Center at NIC.
“It’s exciting to see the investment of the USDA in Nebraska, creating a national platform that is focused, really, on the future of agriculture innovation,” said Mike Boehm, vice chancellor of UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “They could have put it anywhere, but they are putting it here.”
Read more about the facility in the Lincoln Journal Star.