UWP opens new Agriculture Technology Center

September 25, 2003

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2003_09_25.jpgPLATTEVILLE - During the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Homecoming Week the Agriculture Technology Center will be officially opened for use by the campus, researchers and the community.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at Pioneer Farm at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Duane Ford, Dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture (BILSA) will welcome attendees to the grand opening.

Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) P. Scott Hassett will speak about the Wisconsin Agriculture Stewardship Initiative. The Wisconsin DNR donated $1 million of the $1.6 million needed to complete the building. The other $600,000 has come from the sale of capital bonds by the State of Wisconsin.

"Construction of the Agriculture Technology Center started about 10 months ago, but this is a project that we've been talking about since 1999," said Ford.

The new Agricultural Technology Center will house a distance education classroom, conference meeting room and offices for current faculty and staff members working at the Pioneer Farm and for visiting scientists and extension outreach specialists for all of the offices of Pioneer Farm employees.

Tours will be available throughout the weekend. For further information or to schedule a tour call the Pioneer Farm at (608) 725-1850 or visit their website (http://www.uwplatt.edu/pioneerfarm). With construction on Hwy. 151 the best way to travel to the farm is to turn south on Ipswitch Road just east of Platteville. Follow Ipswitch to College Farm Road and then turn left. Look for the Agriculture Technology Center's bright "Pioneer blue" roof.

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