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Kan. wheat center to cut 8-foot-long bread loaf

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Forget the scissors: For the grand opening of the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center, officials will forgo the usual ribbon-cutting in favor of slicing an 8-foot-long loaf of bread.

The Kansas Wheat Commission will host the ceremony and open house April 26 in Manhattan.

The $10.3 million center is touted as the home for a new era of investment in wheat research.

Its 35,000 square feet of space include 15,000 square feet of laboratories to develop new wheat varieties. That section features 13 environmentally controlled growth rooms.

Greenhouses occupy about 10,000 square feet. One of the four greenhouses is air-conditioned, for summer research.

The center also has 10,000 square feet of offices.