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Missouri, Kansas Delegations Urge USDA to Select Kansas City-Area as Headquarters for Research Agencies

“Kansas City is ideally located for ERS and NIFA employees to simultaneously be closer to the agricultural stakeholders and rural communities they serve”

May 21, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), and Pat Roberts (Kan.), and U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (MO), Vicky Hartzler (MO), Sam Graves (MO), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Ron Estes (Kan.), Steve Watkins (Kan.), and Sharice Davids (Kan.) today highlighted why the Kansas City-area should be selected as the new headquarters for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

“Kansas City is home to a highly-skilled workforce, including to approximately 5,000 USDA employees and contractors,” the members wrote. “The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, stretching from Manhattan, Kansas to Columbia, Missouri, is the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world. Kansas is the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), the nation’s foremost animal disease research facility. Over a dozen land-grant universities and research institutions are located in close proximity of Kansas City. This concentration of animal health companies, NBAF and land-grant universities will not only complement the research capabilities of ERS and NIFA, but continue to foster a talented workforce to meet the personnel needs of USDA in the future. ...

“We agree the quality of life of USDA employees ought to be a key consideration in relocating the agencies, and assure you that Kansas City is a premier place for people to live and work. Kansas City has undergone significant development in recent years, including a revitalized downtown area that offers residents a vibrant and exciting lifestyle. Kansas City residents enjoy some of the shortest commute times of any metropolitan area and have convenient access to popular destinations in both urban and rural areas of our states.”

Full text of the letter is here.   

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