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President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009. The Recovery Act is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so that the country can thrive in the 21st century.

From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: “For an additional amount for “Building and Facilities” $176,000,000 for work on deferred maintenance at Agricultural Research Service facilities: Provided, That priority in the use of such funds shall be given to critical deferred maintenance, to projects that can be completed, and to activities that can commence promptly following enactment of this Act.” (Recovery Act, H.R. 1-3)

The principal objective of the Recovery Act is job creation. Through the completion of $176 million of critical deferred maintenance work at ARS facilities across the country, the agency’s Recovery Act program will create about 1,900 jobs.

ARS is pleased to utilize Recovery Act (ARRA) funds to take care of “critical deferred maintenance” on some of our laboratory research facilities across the Nation. These projects not only will help revitalize local economies by creating jobs and supporting local businesses that supply needed construction products and services, the results of the agriculture and food product research that takes place in these laboratories supports the agricultural economy, contributing to its high productivity and efficiency.

Most important of all the outcomes of ARS’ research and that of our many cooperators provide the science and technology that enables the U.S. agriculture and food system to provide consumers the highest quality and most abundant, safest, nutritious, and affordable food supply in the world. ARRA funding will assist ARS in sustaining the efficiency of our research performance and their benefits to the public.

Edward B. Knipling
Administrator, ARS

Identifying Facility Repairs to Be Funded Under the Recovery Act

All of the projects selected for Recovery Act funding were taken from the ARS Capital Project and Repair Plan, a plan that was developed in accordance with the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service Building Block Plan, as required by Executive Order (E.O.) 13327, “Federal Real Property Asset Management.”

In all instances, selected projects meet the criteria of needing critical deferred maintenance--maintenance associated with critical systems such as HVAC, electric, roofing, exterior closure and plumbing. On many of the projects, adjacent building components will also be replaced as a consequence of the deferred maintenance work. (For example, to replace plumbing it will be necessary to remove laboratory casework; if the condition of the casework warrants, the scope of work will include replacing the casework).

Each specific project was selected based on the high priority of the research program and how it will enhance the ARS core research capacity at that location. Some of the projects selected already have a design for addressing the deferred maintenance work. Having an existing design allows the construction phase of the work to begin much earlier than it would for a facility without a design, resulting in faster job creation.

The program criteria used to identify high priority research programs and the associated need for essential research facility capacity are:

  • Unique national resources critical to meeting the needs of US Agriculture: germplasm repositories, containment facilities, and critical human nutrition clinical facilities;
  • High priority research program needs: human nutrition/obesity prevention, climate change, and bioenergy feedstock production:
  • Essential research capacity: locations with a critical mass of scientists that resolve complex problems of agriculture through multidisciplinary research: “utilization centers” and other large campuses;
  • Critical for the support of action and regulatory agencies: biocontrol laboratories, food safety, and watersheds.
  • Projected costs include all of the estimated costs associated with the project including professional design services (design/post design), construction award cost, and a contingency for change orders.

List of Projects

The list includes work at 36 locations in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Northwest Irrigation and Soils Research Laboratory, Kimberly, Idaho Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit, Aberdeen, Idaho USDA-ARS Forage & Range Research Laboratory, Logan, Utah National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, Fort Collins, Colorado Central Great Plains Research Station, Akron, Colorado Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory, Miles City, Montana Red River Valley Agricultural Research Center, Fargo, North Dakota Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, Nebraska Grain Marketing and Production Research Center, Manhattan, Kansas Grazinglands Research Laboratory, El Reno, Oklahoma Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, Texas Jamie Whitten Delta States Research Center Stoneville, Mississippi Poultry Research Unit, Starkville, Mississippi Cereal Disease Laboratory and Plant Science Research Unit, St. Paul, Minnesota National Animal Disease Center, Ames, Iowa U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center and Cereal Crops Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin National Agricultural Utilization Research Center, Peoria, Illinois National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory, West Lafayette, Indiana ARS Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory, East Lansing, Michigan ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, Athens, Georgia Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center, Florence, South Carolina USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging , Boston, Massachusetts Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, West Virginia Plant Genetic Resources Unit and Grape Genetics Research Unit, Geneva, New York Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, Ithaca, New York Eastern Regional Research Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland Beneficial Insects Research Laboratory, Newark, Delaware Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, Maryland U.S. National Arboretum, Washington D.C. Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center, Pendleton, Oregon Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Forage Seed and Cereal Research Unit, National Clonal Germplasm Repository Unit, Corvallis, Oregon Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, Tucson, Arizona United States Salinity Laboratory and National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus & Dates, Riverside, California
Last Modified: 8/25/2016
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