U.S.D.A. dedicates new cereal crops research lab

by Eric Schroeder
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MADISON, WIS. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month dedicated a new Cereal Crops Research Unit laboratory on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where researchers will work to improve barley, oats and other cereal crops.

The $11 million building has double the square footage of the original laboratory, which was built in 1948, and will house 35 employees, including seven scientists and their staff.

"This laboratory has been the country’s only public research facility for evaluating malting barley cultivars based on their quality and usefulness," said Antoinette Betschart, associate administrator for the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S.D.A. "For nearly 75 years, it has provided an important link between barley growers, plant breeders and the malting and brewing industries. This new facility will further strengthen this function."

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