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Statement from President Barry H. Dunn on signing of Senate Bill 172

This morning, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 172 that authorizes expenditures for the purpose of enhancing and updating the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, a state-operated lab located on the South Dakota State University campus. The news release can be found here.

Following is a statement from SDSU President Barry H. Dunn recognizing that action:

“I want to thank the South Dakota Legislature and the governor of South Dakota, Dennis Daugaard, for the support and leadership in passing this important legislation to fund enhancements and upgrades to the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.

ADRDL provides high-quality veterinary diagnostic services and research to establish causes and control of animal health problems that protect livestock producers and an industry that generates billions of dollars in economic impact for our state.  The lab also serves to protect the public from transmissible diseases that impact domestic and wildlife populations. The funding for the enhancements and upgrades will address the animal health, biosafety and environmental safety needs of today. This is a game-changer for our state, the region and our university.

This legislation could not have become a reality without the dialogue, advocacy and support of the many stakeholders and agricultural groups across the state. Identifying a path forward to fund it was a collaborative effort requiring both leadership and a willingness to acknowledge the value of a laboratory providing the services and knowledge of highly skilled veterinarians and researchers whose work benefits the health and well-being of those in this state and beyond.”