Subtropical Agricultural Research Center to Close in 2012
Last ditch efforts to save the Kika De La Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center have failed.
The center opened back in 1931 and the research done there has helped protect American fruits, vegetables and other plants for eight decades. In particular, the center has been an important part of America's line of defense against agricultural contamination from other countries. The center employs more than thirty scientists along with another hundred and ten technical personnel. Federal budget cuts prompted the closing which will leave the center open until September of 2012. Efforts are being made to relocate at least some of those employees to other research centers around the country.