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Buffalo and Louisville District to build USDA grape research facility

Buffalo District
Published June 28, 2024
Seven people posing throwing shovels of dirt in the air during a groundbreaking ceremony.

From left to right: David Schulenberg, Deputy Commander, Buffalo District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Simon Liu, Administrator, Agriculture Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Xochitl Torres Small, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, USDA, Hon. Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Christine Smart, Cornell Assistant Dean, AgriTech, Michael Kotlikoff, Provost, Cornell University, Gan-Yuan Zhong, Research Leader, Agriculture Research Service, USDA throw shovels of dirt in the air during a groundbreaking ceremony at Cornell University in Geneva, New York on June 26, 2024. The ceremony marked the future site of the USDA-ARS National Grape Improvement Center at the Cornell AgriTech campus. (U.S. Army photo by Lucas Morrow)

GENEVA, N.Y. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, attended a groundbreaking ceremony of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Grape Improvement Center (NGIC) at Cornell University’s AgriTech campus on June 26, 2024. The USDA-led project is slated to be a 70,000 square foot facility to house the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Grape Genetics Research Unit and ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit. In addition, four Cornell grapevine research projects will move into the research facility.

USDA is able to use USACE’s construction services through the Interagency and International Services program which allows our engineers to provide a multitude of professional services to non-Department of Defense agencies to meet their program challenges.

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