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The State Provides Nearly $ 20 Million For The Construction Of The New Facility

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today attended the official dedication ceremony for the recently completed Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory in Salisbury. The upgraded facility, which replaces the original laboratory built in 1953, provides advanced equipment and a larger workspace as well as a Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) laboratory for advanced diagnostic work.

“With the official opening of this new and improved lab, we are helping to expand our efforts to maintain the health of the Delmarva commercial poultry industry, which is a major economic driver in the region and a source of pride for the entire East Coast,” he said. Governor Hogan. “In addition to keeping Maryland animals safe from infectious diseases, this lab also helps to ensure that agriculture continues to be a major industry in our state and our Ag community remains competitive with other states in the United States and around the world.”

In addition to expanding Lab capacity and Capabilities, the new facility is LEED Silver certified and has hook-ups for natural gas to improve building energy efficiency.

“Bringing the latest Salisbury Animal Health Lab has been a priority for me since day one,” said Secretary Bartenfelder of the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA). “This laboratory not only has advanced technology, but will also be our first line of defense to prevent and control infectious diseases in livestock and poultry, especially during avian flu outbreaks.”

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Governor Hogan visited the original lab in 2016 before the design phase for the new facility. In September 2019, the Public Works Council voted to give final approval to proceed with construction. The state of Maryland provided nearly $ 20 million for the project.

The MDA works with state and federal partners as well as private and commercial veterinarians to protect Maryland’s agricultural industry – the state’s largest commercial industry – against infectious diseases like avian flu and equine infectious anemia. The new Salisbury Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, which specializes in avian diseases, has played an important role in helping the region detect and contain the spread of avian flu during a new outbreak this spring.

As a leading industry in Maryland, agriculture contributes $ 16 billion to the state’s economy and supports more than 65,000 jobs. There are 12,429 farms occupying almost 2 million hectares across the country.

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