National Agricultural Germ Lab Proposals to be Announced

Finalists are expected to be named any day now for a National Agricultural Germ Lab and Kentucky is hoping to be one of them.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said three to five sites will be announced, possibly this week.

One of the 18 proposals is for a site ten miles northwest of Somerset. It’s the result of a joint proposal by Kentucky and Tennessee. The University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory would place the lab on farmland.

Homeland Security is planning to build a $450 million lab to replace a 50-year-old animal disease center in New York.