A major U.S. Department of Agriculture research center, where scientists study cereal grains as they move from farm to table, is celebrating the start of major renovations recently.

The Grain Marketing and Production Research Center (GMPRC) in Manhattan, Kan., is operated by the Agricultural Research Service, USDA's chief in-house scientific research agency. GMPRC conducts much of its research in cooperation with Kansas State University.

The roughly $14.8-million renovation is expected to make the aging facility state-of-the-art again. Four phases of planned updates will provide the main building with new heating and cooling plants, modern electrical and plumbing systems and a new roof.