USDA National Animal Disease Center

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Over 460 million dollars of governmant money has been allocated for the United States Department of Agriculture to develop the National Animal Disease Center, just off of Interstate 35 in Ames, Iowa. The center will include four new buildings, encompassing more than 700,000 square feet, and will house biosafety level 2 and 3 research facilities, which allow for safe handling of infectious agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal deseases.

This site will be recognized for breakthrough research on animal diseases and is a state-of-the-art research center where the Ames scientists will continue their research on diseases of livestock and poultry. Protecting against emerging diseases depends on maintaining disease-free animals and ensuring that we have systems in place to respond to outbreaks will be the focus of these buldings. The center will boost the USDA's abilities to help breeders and producers meet the challenges ahead. Phase One lab of this project was completed in August of 2004. USDA personnel moved in and the lab became fully operational in September of 2004.

The High Containment Large Animal Facility was completed in 2007. This 140,224 square foot animal housing and training facility houses cattle, bison, elk, deer, reindeer, sheep and hogs.

Groundbreaking for the Phase Two Laboratory was in September 2005. This laboratory will be comprised of 4 main lab wings and will cover 545, 803 square feet. Animal health research, diagnostic and product evaluation will take place in this facility. The lab is scheduled to open in March of 2009.

The final phase of this project, Low Containment Large Animal Facilty was started in the spring of 2007. Once completed, this facility will house cattle, sheep and hogs.

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Evident at this new center will be the full range of the USDA's commitment toward protecting the nation's farm animals and ensuring a safe and healthy food supply.