MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is visiting Alabama's Tuskegee University to open a new agricultural sciences and research facility.
Secretary Tom Vilsack was scheduled to visit the school Friday. He and other officials are also slated to address graduates at the university's commencement ceremonies on Saturday.
Vilsack's tenure has concentrated on strengthening the agribusinesses industry Tuskegee's programs have prepared some graduates for. Alabama's fertile Black Belt region is the type of area that benefits from programs aimed at strengthening federal services for rural businesses.
Vilsack will cut the ribbon to officially open the 40,000 square foot building where students will use cutting edge laboratories for environmental and life sciences.