POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- The sour economy and plummeting real-estate values are hampering efforts to raise money for a proposed $37 million livestock and dairy research center near Twin Falls.

In 2007, proponents of the University of Idaho-run center had hoped it could be operating by 2008 or 2009.

But the dairy industry has raised just $800,000 of its promised $5 million contribution.

Meanwhile, the UI's plan to sell state land in Caldwell where its Caine Veterinary Teaching and Research Center is located to help raise $20 million has hit a snag because land values have declined precipitously.

Livestock industry officials remain optimistic the Idaho Center for Livestock and Environmental Studies will be built, calling it a critical component of their plans to conform to stricter environmental standards that govern big feedlots.

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