NMSU is ideally situated to address key border population health problems, such as mosquito borne viruses, cancer, and obesity. By providing an in-state option to process New Mexico agricultural products, the facility can help grow our economy. Agriculture and food processing industries generated nearly $11 billion and 51,000 jobs for the New Mexico economy, according to a recent study. The new Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facility will foster international collaboration with Mexico in the biosafety and food contaminant fields. An estimated 600 students every year would use the facility, along with hundreds of people who will be there participating in outreach — such as 4-H, FFA and industry workshops. Together, the proposed facilities will enhance NMSU’s teaching, research and outreach. These enhancements will advance STEM education, particularly within three colleges and 16 departments, while increasing student recruitment and retention. Each unique facility not only benefit NMSU, but also the people of New Mexico.