Research on cereal grains, used to feed pigs, will soon be enhanced, thanks to major renovations nearing completion at a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) research facility.
Originally established in 1970, the Grain Marketing and Production Research Center (GMPRC) is being modernised as part of a 10-year project. The centre 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 centre 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 University.
“This remodelled facility will provide the up-to-date environment necessary for the centre’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,” said ARS Administrator Edward B. Knipling.
Strategically located in the nation’s “bread basket”, GMPRC scientists develop new technologies to protect and improve US grain production and products that are important human foods, livestock feeds and potential sources of biofuels in both domestic and international markets.