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WSU Capital Projects Vital For Tree Fruit, Ag Industry

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Great article by Glenn Vaagen of the Washington Ag Network, which extolls the value of the capital projects proposed by Washington State University and being considered by the legislature, which kicks off the biennial budget session on January 9th. After reading this article, we hope you use the resources available on your personal homepage and join WSU Impact as a registered member. It is easy and in one click, you can show your support for WSU and research that makes a difference for our state.

Glenn Vaagen – Washington Ag Network

As we continue to look at issues the agriculture community must watch in Olympia this session, today we focus on capital projects at Washington State University. Lawmakers will address spending millions of dollars on several new buildings not only in Pullman, but beyond.

Jon DeVaney, president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, told the Washington Ag Network growers have already doubled their assessment though the WSTFA Research Committee in order to fund a $32 million endowment at WSU. DeVaney says that’s not enough. If Washington State University is going to land world class faculty, the school will need modern facilities, and the space to put them.

“WSU needs the funding to build those buildings. I has to be state funding and university funding to do that, private industry dollars you can’t build and entire building yourself, same thing with federal dollars. The support research grants but they do not support bricks and mortar. So we need that money in the capital budget to build that new plants sciences building and the global animal health facility.”

DeVaney notes those facilities will allow for top tier research to take place in Washington. He adds state lawmakers need to strike while the iron is hot.

“Those potential faculty have other universities that would like their services as well, and we want them doing research on our issues for our growers here in Washington state. And those researchers want to see, is the facility in the pipeline or not?”

 

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