Dalrymple, NDSU Celebrate Private-Public Funding Partnership for Greenhouse Complex
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined North Dakota State University officials in celebrating the successful partnership between the state and private donors to build the university’s state-of-the-art greenhouse complex.
The state provided $27.4 million and private donors contributed more than $5 million to build the greenhouse complex. Researchers began utilizing the greenhouse in the spring of 2010 and NDSU officials expect to complete work on the complex’s bio-safety research facility next year. More than 300 yards long, the greenhouse complex is advancing education and research in plant breeding, genetics, horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, plant nutrition and other associated disciplines.
“NDSU’s Greenhouse Complex has ushered in a new era of advanced agricultural education and research,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “I applaud NDSU and the many people and organizations that generously contributed to help make this research facility a reality. The complex’s research capabilities including bio-secure projects are important to North Dakota agriculture, our largest industry, and to farmers and ranchers across the nation.”
Dalrymple joined Ken Grafton, NDSU vice president for agricultural affairs, and other NDSU officials to honor the project’s donors at the university’s McGovern Alumni Center. Dalrymple and other project supporters also toured the greenhouse complex.
The state Legislature began appropriating funds for the project in 2005 and Dalrymple included funding for the complex’s final phase in his 2011 budget recommendation. More than 80 agriculture-based organizations and individual contributors donated to the project’s construction.
The greenhouse complex includes 100 growing chambers and a bio-safety facility, a highly controlled work environment required for research on pathogens that could pose a future threat to crops produced in North Dakota. The complex is currently supporting research projects involving wheat, soybeans, potatoes, barley and pulse crops. The facility includes several energy-efficiency features including geothermal heating and cooling and a computerized energy monitoring system.