Senate at last OKs precision ag center for SDSU campus
PIERRE — The state Senate gave final approval Thursday to the funding plan for constructing a precision agriculture building at South Dakota State University.
"It's part of the funding plan for the precision ag project," Sen. Gary Cammack, R-Union Center, said.
The measure passed 30-2.
SB 183 appropriates $650,000 of state funds annually to repaying bonded debt that will be issued for about one-third of the $55 million project.
The $650,000 comes via adjustments to several allocations and closing the ethanol fuel fund. Cammack described the arrangements as "somewhat complex."
House members approved the legislation Tuesday 53-13.
A House-Senate conference committee meanwhile continued to work on a related piece of legislation authorizing the building.
Sen. Jason Frerichs, D-Wilmot, thanked "the governor's office" for helping bring "this plan to fruition." He said the project would have "tremendous impact."
Said Sen. Brock Greenfield, R-Clark: "By passing this bill you will put a lot of minds at ease that some of these issues will be settled for the long term."
Sen. Larry Tidemann, R-Brookings, said the bill was "one piece of the puzzle."
"It's a natural fit because corn is such a critical fit for the ethanol industry," Tidemann said. "This is something that will start as number one in the nation, the only university to have a precision ag major."