- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Alcorn State University plans to use $5.5 million in federal money to build a new animal science center.

The College Board Thursday approved the plans for the building on the Lorman campus, which would be financed by U.S. Department of Agriculture money.

The historically black land-grant university says the 26,000-square foot building would include classrooms, offices, veterinary space, demonstration areas and animal corrals for goats and cows.

Agriculture Dean Ivory Lyles says the new building will allow the school to hire specialized faculty and enroll more students, as well as providing hands-on experience for students.

Lyles says Alcorn State will use the building to better serve small and resource-limited farmers.

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