Illinois Department of Agriculture officials discussed the Galesburg Animal Disease Laboratory closing this week with board members of Illinois Farm Bureau. The lab will stop accepting samples this Wednesday.
Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert says the Galesburg facility was fairly unique in its location.
Guebert added that there are already a limited number of scientists nationally who are qualified for such work.
Some of the equipment will be transferred to the University of Illinois. U of I Vet Med staff has been accredited for some testing and is working toward further approvals. Guebert says this closing, which follows the closing of the similar Centralia facility in 2012, is concerning.
Illinois Ag Director Raymond Poe told Farm Bureau board members that the Galesburg lab closing was not on account of the state’s budget crisis.