November 05, 2019
WASHINGTON – At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) once again highlighted the benefits of moving the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to Kansas City. Last week, members of the Missouri and Kansas congressional delegations, including Blunt, welcomed the USDA’s announcement that 805 Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Kansas City, Mo., will be home to ERS and NIFA.
Following Are Blunt’s Remarks:
“So the final decisions were made last week where to locate the two big ag research agencies. The location for the next 10 years or so will be in Kansas City, Missouri. Those are the only USDA agencies that didn’t have representation outside of Washington.
“That also puts them within about three hours of land-grant institution partners and other partners in what they do. I think it’s a great move, I think the decision by the secretary of agriculture and the president to move those agencies closer to where their logical partners are, a great idea. It’s also, somebody pointed out to me today, the only time since Bob Byrd was elected to the Senate that this many people moved out of Washington and didn’t go to West Virginia.
“So it’s a big step in that direction, and they’re already moving into temporary space there right now, and that permanent space has been decided for the next decade. At a time when world food needs are going to be higher than they’ve ever been before, in fact, doubling between now and 2060, having those critical ag research jobs in the heart of the best animal and plant research institutions in the country is a great move.”