There’s a busy laboratory on the campus of South Dakota State University in Brookings, serving ranchers across the state and working on the latest research. It recently got its first major upgrade in about 25 years, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings will be held Sept. 6.
The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) got a $58 million upgrade. State officials, Legislators and the 60 full time employees of the lab celebrated with the community at a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 6.
With the addition, the lab is now certified for Biosecurity Level 3. It’s able to handle some of the most volatile diseases and keep them safely isolated. At a time when commerce is increasingly global and diseases like African swine fever threaten to take down an entire industry, having a diagnostic lab at the ready to help out is a huge part of the disease control effort.
Lab workers make an effort to give producers quick and reliable information, noted Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden at the ribbon cutting. The remodel has also made the lab more user-friendly, complete with a drive-up window. With the increased demand for same-day sample testing, such conveniences will make the process smoother for both customers and workers.
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“We’re here to serve the state and the region,” lab director Dr. Jane Christopher-Hennings said.
SDSU President Barry Dunn noted the important research going on under the lab’s roof. It brings the possibility for innovative new patents and new companies spurred right here in South Dakota, he said.
The lab’s renovations are well worth the money, for the sake of human health, animal health, and the health of our livestock industry.
The bird flu outbreak last spring had researchers at South Dakota’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Brookings working at all hours to confirm cases of the disease when flocks of turkeys and laying hens got sick.