Ground-breaking set at UWP Pioneer Farm

April 3, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-Striving to provide students with the most up-to-date facilities and equipment without burdening taxpayers or using student tuition, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is pleased to announce that ground will be broken for two new facilities at the Pioneer Farm.

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, April 7, at the Pioneer Farm to commence construction of the new living and learning center and the new swine center.

"Several speakers from the University including Chancellor David Markee, myself and UW-Platteville Foundation Board Chair Frank Friar will speak at the ceremony," said Duane Ford, dean of the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture. "We'll be recognizing Bob Clare, the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association and several other major contributors and supporters of the building projects. Refreshments will be available following the ceremony."

The living and learning center, a joint venture between UWP Student Housing and Dining Services, will be located between the bull-testing and education centers at the farm. The facility will provide lodging for students, faculty, national and international guests of the University, as well as youth groups and producers in agriculture.

The new swine center will be built on the 30 acres of land donated by Bob Clare, across from the current dairy center and machine shed. The new facility will replace the swine center built in 1960 and will accommodate a number of student research projects and classes such as animal science management, farm animal reproduction and meat animal evaluation.

"Both of these buildings will support our educational programs as well as the efforts of the Wisconsin Agriculture Stewardship Initiative (WASI)," Ford said. "These facilities will enable us to better conduct applied systems research to help understand how farming practices impact the environment."

The estimated cost of both projects is $2.6 million. Funding for the $1.2 million cost of the living and learning center will be provided by program revenue generated through UWP Student Housing and Dining Services. The $1.4 million cost of the swine center will be funded through the UW-Platteville Foundation."

"No state general program revenue dollars will be spent on these projects," Ford said. "We are deeply grateful to donors like Bob Clare and the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association, as well as the UWP Foundation, which stepped forward when the University didn't have the money for this much-needed facility. Such generosity is truly appreciated and quite unexpected given the tight fiscal resources and the struggling economy."

Construction of both facilities is expected to be complete this December. The Pioneer Farm is located several miles south of Platteville, off Highway 80/81.

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