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For Immediate Release
RALEIGH, NC - 07/31/2018
Contact: Robert L. Ford,

Construction begins on NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center

Groundbreaking on NCDDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center

Construction begins on NCDA&CS Agricultural Sciences Center $107 million building projected to be completed in 2020

RALEIGH – The corner of Reedy Creek and Edwards Mill roads will look a lot different in the coming years. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and special guests broke ground today on the 220,000-square-foot N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agricultural Sciences Center. The $107 million project is projected to be completed in 2020. The building will replace five NCDA&CS facilities, most with labs more than 40 years old.

“This is an exciting time for us as we break ground on a state-of-the-art building that is 40 years in the making,” said Troxler. “This is the largest building project ever undertaken by the department. I am proud of the effort that has gone into making this building a reality, and I look forward to continuing to serve the needs of the agricultural and agribusiness industry and the citizens of North Carolina. I consider this lab to be a long-term investment in the future of agriculture, North Carolina’s No. 1 industry.”

The center will replace facilities used by the department’s Food and Drug Protection, Standards, Structural Pest Control and Pesticides, and Veterinary divisions. The labs work focuses on food safety, animal disease diagnosis, weights and measures calibration, and motor fuel quality. The center will provide space for about 200 employees.

Following are NCDA&CS divisions moving into the Agricultural Sciences Center: