JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri has made the finals. Kansas City is one of three locations under consideration to serve as the new home of two United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies. Missouri agriculture warmly welcomes the relocation of USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Midwest.
Relocating these agencies is a common-sense move which will only make them stronger. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s vision to move USDA ERS and NIFA will co-locate leading public servants with farmers, ranchers and agricultural research communities. The move will benefit the agencies and American agriculture over the long haul.
With a move to Kansas City, opportunities abound for new, innovative partnerships with agricultural organizations, such as those represented by Missouri Farmers Care, state and local governments, universities and leading agricultural technology, plant and animal science companies. It can also deliver efficiencies by locating the USDA economists and scientists in the American heartland.
We applaud Perdue’s leadership and support his move to locate these agencies outside of Washington, DC. The economies of Missouri, and its neighbors, are driven by agriculture. This is the right move at the right time. We ask Missouri farmers and ranchers to join us in supporting Secretary Perdue to #MoveItSonny. Missouri welcomes #USDAInTheHeartland.
— Missouri Farmers Care
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