Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.
Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.
It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.
The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.