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Groundbreaking Celebrated for New Diagnostic Laboratory

A large crowd was on hand Thursday, August 31, to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new South Dakota Animal Disease Research building project. The ceremony took place in front of the current ADRDL building and featured South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, SDSU President Barry Dunn, South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven, and ADRDL Director Jane Christopher-Hennings as speakers.

The $58 million project was approved by the South Dakota legislature during its 2017 session. The new ADRDL will come in the form of an addition to the north of the current structure, with a planned completion date of spring 2020. The current veterinary lab was constructed in 1968 and renovated in 1993. The new construction will allow for Biosafety Level-3 space and a more effective work layout, leading to efficiencies and expanded capabilities for diagnostic testing and research findings.

Participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were (L-R in picture):

  • Mike Jaspers, SD Secretary of Agriculture
  • Rufus DeZeeuw, SD Sheepgrowers
  • Dave Zeman, SD Poultry Industries, ADRDL director emeritus
  • Jennifer Stalley, SD Veterinary Medical Association
  • Mike Held, SD Farm Bureau
  • Jodie Anderson, SD Cattlemen
  • Patty Bacon, Brookings City Council
  • Glenn Muller, SD Pork Producers
  • Nathan Sanderson, Director of Policy & Operations, SD Governor's office
  • Dustin Oedekoven, SD Animal Industry Board
  • Barry Dunn, President, SDSU
  • Governor Dennis Daugaard
  • Jane Hennings, ADRDL Director - Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department Head
  • Mike Rush, SD Board of Regents
  • State Representative Larry Tidemann
  • State Representative Lee Qualm
  • Lorin Pankratz, SD Pork Producers
  • Brenda Forman, SD Association of Cooperatives - Ag Unity
  • State Representative Mary Duvall
  • Bill Kluck, SD Stockgrowers
  • Don Marshall, Interim Dean, SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences
  • Daniel Scholl, SDSU Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Those in attendance were treated to a stakeholder appreciation meal following the ceremony.