SUNY Cobleskill celebrated the grand opening of its new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, October 24, 2014.
Patrick Hooker, Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture, Richard A. Ball, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, Christopher Gibson, United States Congressman, James L. Seward, New York State Senator, and Peter D. Lopez, New York State Assemblyman, joined Dr. 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.
Deputy Secretary Hooker said, “Whether we are talking about craft beverages, the growth of farms in the state of New York, food processing, farmers markets, and the growth of dairy and dairy facilities – the Governor has focused on the importance of agriculture in New York.” Continuing to say, “… But if we are really going to succeed long-term, we need places like SUNY Cobleskill…”
The Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources provides distinctive facilities for animal science, plant science, environmental science, and fisheries and wildlife. The building incorporates many specialized 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.
“We are committed to providing every student with the chance to have an applied learning opportunity during their time with SUNY, because there is simply no better way to learn than by doing,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “This new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources embodies that vision with its ability to provide students access to hands-on laboratories, direct engagement with faculty and staff, and real-world experiences with business and industry, all while they are still in school. We congratulate SUNY Cobleskill, and Acting President Thatcher, on this newest addition to campus.”