Springfield Farm Land Approved For Animal Research

January 16, 1969

An animal research center of the University of Maryland will be located on 600 acres of farm land at Springfield State Hospital, Sykesville. Use of the land has been granted by the state board of public works.

Work will begin July 1  after the $60000 budget is approved.

The state Board of Regents still could reject the project since the university greatly desires use of the land.

Dr. Frank L. Bentz Jr., head of the agriculture department at the university expects to begin work at the planned center as soon as money becomes available. Some of the funds will come from the sale of livestock on the open market.

Anticipated research at the center will include the improvement of livestock through better feeding, breeding and disease control. Graduate students will travel to Springfield to work on their research.

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