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Grant to help build Agriculture Technology Center

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - A $50,000 Wells Fargo grant given to the Vision Brookings Foundation will help build a technology commercialization center in Brookings.

The $2 million Agriculture Technology Center for Rural Enterprise will be a 30,000 square foot sustainable development facility.

The Brookings Economic Development Corporation center will enable the integration of individual, pilot-scale technologies into production systems and establish new agri businesses led by entrepreneurs in rural communities.

Officials say two private businesses formed around South Dakota State University licensed research are ready to lease the center once it's built. Cyanosun Energy produces high value drop in fuels and chemicals by converting carbon dioxide and sunlight. Prairie AquaTech produces aquaculture feed by converting plant derived carbohydrates into highly concentrated protein.

Construction of the new center will begin in the spring of 2013.






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