The Senate Appropriations committee once again authorizes state funds for construction of a dairy manufacturing plant at SDSU. The plant has been approved before. This bill re-authorizes one-million dollars from the higher education facilities fund. SDSU assistant vice president for finance Jeff Siekmann…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/01/DairyPlant1.mp3|titles=DairyPlant1]
Another four-milion plus for the building comes from private donations. Secretary of Agriculture Walt Bones spoke in favor of the plant…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/01/DairyPlant2.mp3|titles=DairyPlant2]
Senator Larry Tidemann of Brookings saus this is a cooperative effort between the university and the dairy industry..[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2011/01/DairyPlant3.mp3|titles=DairyPlant3]
Siekmann says the building is more than half finished and it should be completed in July of this year. The bill now moves to the full senate.
(courtesy KJJQ, Brookings)