Funds for a new agricultural research station at Washington State University have been included in this year's Agriculture Appropriations bill.
In a press release, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said a total of $3.74 million was secured for the laboratory facility on the WSU campus in Pullman. The bill, which passed the Senate Thursday, has now been approved by Congress and will go to the president, who is expected to sign it into law.
The Pullman facility is one of the major research sites in the Northwest and the new facility will provide needed lab space and technical improvements to expand research capacity for the region, Murray said.
The new laboratory will be part of a new WSU Sciences and Biotechnology complex on the Pullman campus. Including the new ARS facility, the Sciences and Biotechnology complex will comprise seven different research facilities and laboratories.