ISU's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Gets $40M In Federal Funding

(Ames, IA) -- Iowa State University is getting $40 million in funding for Phase 2 of its Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Governor Kim Reynolds has also proposed an additional $20 million from the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund. That would bring state funding for the project up to $60 million.

In a statement, Reynolds called the VDL "critical" to the state and country’s agriculture industry and food supply.

“This investment will significantly expand the VDL’s capacity to support Iowa’s $32.5 billion animal agriculture industry and will keep this nationally-recognized lab on the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Iowa will remain a global leader in agriculture, combatting foreign animal diseases, and recruiting and retaining veterinary talent.”

The $40 million comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

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