SUNY Cobleskill will be celebrating the grand opening of its new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 24, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Tours of this innovative, state-of-the-art facility are available and will begin at 10:00 am. Patrick Hooker, Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture, Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, James L. Seward, New York State Senator, and Peter D. Lopez, New York State Assemblyman, will join Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, Dr. Debra H. Thatcher, Acting President of SUNY Cobleskill and Timothy W. Moore, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill, in saying a few words at this historic occasion.
The Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources provides distinctive facilities for animal science, plant science, and fisheries and wildlife. The building incorporates many distinct features, boasting 8,000 square feet of greenhouses, a conservatory, a USDA meat processing lab, cold and warm water fish hatcheries, and laboratories for animal science, mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, botany, soil science, and plant pathology.
“This is a defining moment in SUNY Cobleskill’s history,” remarks Timothy W. Moore, Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at SUNY Cobleskill. “Agriculture and Natural Resources are at the heart of who we are, and this facility will allow world-class educational opportunities for our students to help meet the increasingly complex needs of a growing world economy.”