Tracking NBAF http://kcur.org en K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward http://kcur.org/post/k-state-says-proposed-funding-nbaf-big-step-forward <p>A U.S. Senate subcommittee&nbsp;has appropriated&nbsp;$300 million in funding for the<a href="http://www.dhs.gov/national-bio-and-agro-defense-facility"> National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility </a>, or NBAF,&nbsp;in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Manhattan, Kan.</span></p><p>Ron Trewyn, vice president for research at<a href="http://www.k-state.edu/"> Kansas State University</a>, says this week's appropriation for a top-security animal disease lab on Kansas State's campus will allow the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/">Department Of Homeland Security</a>&nbsp;lab be finished.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:53:29 +0000 Laura Ziegler 57833 at http://kcur.org K-State Says Proposed Funding For NBAF Is A Big Step Forward Kansas Congressional Delegation Sparring Over Budget's Impact On NBAF http://kcur.org/post/kansas-congressional-delegation-sparring-over-budgets-impact-nbaf <p>Some fissures have erupted among the Kansas Congressional delegation over how the House budget bill might affect the proposed <a href="http://kcur.org/term/tracking-nbaf">National Bio and Agro Defense Facility</a> (NBAF).&nbsp;</p><p>The Department of Homeland Security project is currently<a href="http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-breaks-ground-manhattan"> under construction in Manhattan, Kan</a>., but is behind schedule and underfunded.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:28:33 +0000 Laura Ziegler 48487 at http://kcur.org Kansas Congressional Delegation Sparring Over Budget's Impact On NBAF President's Budget Includes Funds For NBAF In Manhattan http://kcur.org/post/presidents-budget-includes-funds-nbaf-manhattan <p>President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal to Congress asks for funds to “develop countermeasures for diseases originating from large animals that can be transmitted to humans, "&nbsp; including $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>The news has already been &nbsp;interpreted by supporters as a green light for the $1.15-billion federal animal disease lab known as NBAF, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>Senator Pat Roberts said the proposal represents the administration’s support for NBAF.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 16:08:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34851 at http://kcur.org President's Budget Includes Funds For NBAF In Manhattan Kansas Moves Agriculture Department To Manhattan http://kcur.org/post/kansas-moves-agriculture-department-manhattan <p>The Kansas Secretary of Agriculture says he’s moving most of state Agriculture Department to Manhattan. Secretary Dale Rodman says the agriculture in Kansas will benefit from being part of what he’s calling “the synergies” between Kansas State University and a burgeoning animal and plant science industry.</p><p>The move will allow the Kansas department to work more closely and avoid redundancies with bioscience research and commerce already going on in Manhattan.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 15:02:43 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34783 at http://kcur.org Kansas Moves Agriculture Department To Manhattan White House Budget Office Responds To Concerns About NBAF http://kcur.org/post/white-house-budget-office-responds-concerns-about-nbaf <p>A senior official from the President’s Office of Management and Budget told two Congressmen he would be mindful of their concerns regarding the cost and safety of the proposed National Bio and Ago-Defense Facility (NBAF) in considering how much to allocate for NBAF in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.</p><p>OMB Deputy Director of Management Jeffrey Zients told Congressmen Tim Bishop and Joe Courtney that the administration was forced to evaluate the proposal for a new large-animal disease lab in the context of current budget constraints.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:50:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 34175 at http://kcur.org White House Budget Office Responds To Concerns About NBAF Federal Government Releases Money For Animal Disease Lab http://kcur.org/post/federal-government-releases-money-animal-disease-lab <p>It’s not often that a press release comes out under the name of an entire Congressional delegation, even one as ideologically joined at the hip as this group from Kansas.</p><p>But that’s exactly what happened last month.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:28:48 +0000 Laura Ziegler 32981 at http://kcur.org Federal Government Releases Money For Animal Disease Lab Kansas Senator Says NBAF Going Forward With Release Of New Funds http://kcur.org/post/kansas-senator-says-nbaf-going-forward-release-new-funds <p>Kansas Senator Pat Roberts said in an interview Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security will announce on Thursday its plans to release funds to get the stalled National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility started.&nbsp;</p><p>The so-called NBAF has had difficulty getting off the ground. Senator Roberts chairs an NBAF steering committee and is the project's guiding light in Congress. The new funding is expected to enable the start of construction on a central electric plant -- a requirement for the billion dollar lab.</p><p>$90 million in federal funds are available for the NBAF.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:21:27 +0000 Laura Ziegler 32233 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senator Says NBAF Going Forward With Release Of New Funds Kansas Cattlemen Reject Proposed Biosecurity Lab http://kcur.org/post/kansas-cattlemen-reject-proposed-biosecurity-lab-0 <p>A limited survey of members of the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association has found little support for building the <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/tracking-nbaf">National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)</a> in Manhattan, Kan.</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:42:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 30552 at http://kcur.org Kansas Cattlemen Reject Proposed Biosecurity Lab Feds Officially Gain Control Of Land For Top Security Lab http://kcur.org/post/feds-officially-gain-control-land-top-security-lab <p>The Department of Homeland Security officially took ownership of 46 acres in Manhattan, Kansas this week for the <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/tracking-nbaf">National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility</a>.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:49:04 +0000 Laura Ziegler 29894 at http://kcur.org Feds Officially Gain Control Of Land For Top Security Lab NBAF May Get Boost As Government Report Says 'Sell Plum Island' http://kcur.org/post/nbaf-may-get-boost-government-report-says-sell-plum-island <p>It could be good news for supporters of the <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/files/labs/editorial_0762.shtm ">NBAF</a>, &nbsp;the top-level biosecurity lab proposed for Manhattan, Kan.</p><p> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 13:59:56 +0000 Laura Ziegler 21427 at http://kcur.org NBAF May Get Boost As Government Report Says 'Sell Plum Island' One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For K-State Animal Lab? http://kcur.org/post/one-step-forward-two-steps-back-k-state-animal-lab <p>The National Academies of Science issued a set of 10 conclusions today on the future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.</p><p>The report says while there is a critical need for a so-called BSL4 lab that will research the most dangerous emerging diseases to affect particularly livestock, it said the current NBAF proposal might be too big&nbsp;and too costly.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler 20968 at http://kcur.org One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For K-State Animal Lab? Another New Report To Shed Light On NBAF's Future http://kcur.org/post/another-new-report-shed-light-nbafs-future <p>The future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is under the microscope this week for the second time in just over a month. Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:02:17 +0000 Laura Ziegler 20888 at http://kcur.org Another New Report To Shed Light On NBAF's Future NBAF's Real Risk Is Still Anyone's Guess http://kcur.org/post/nbafs-real-risk-still-anyones-guess <p>A committee of the National Research Council says an updated risk assessment of a proposed high-security biodefense lab in Manhattan, Kan.,&nbsp;appears to understate the chances of deadly pathogens being accidentally released.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:29:58 +0000 Bryan Thompson 19562 at http://kcur.org NBAF's Real Risk Is Still Anyone's Guess Report Slams NBAF Risk Assessment http://kcur.org/post/report-slams-nbaf-risk-assessment <p>Not trustworthy.</p> <p>A report invalid and inadequate for making safety decisions on the part of politicians and policy makers.</p> <p>These are among the conclusions reached by a committee of the National Research Council in its evaluation of an updated risk assessment for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), which is under construction — but stalled — in Manhattan, Kan.</p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 17:08:09 +0000 Laura Ziegler 19448 at http://kcur.org Report Slams NBAF Risk Assessment An Inside Look At Research On NBAF http://kcur.org/post/inside-look-research-nbaf <p>Reporters this week got an inside look into the deliberations the National Research Council (NRC) is having while studying plans for the controversial bio-defense facility proposed for the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan.</p> Fri, 04 May 2012 21:55:58 +0000 Laura Ziegler 17136 at http://kcur.org An Inside Look At Research On NBAF Exploring Options For NBAF http://kcur.org/post/exploring-options-nbaf <p>It&rsquo;s another big week for NBAF, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility under construction in Manhattan, Kan.</p><p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:34:25 +0000 Emilie Mutert & Laura Ziegler 16895 at http://kcur.org Exploring Options For NBAF Senate Approves $32 Million For Kansas Bio-defense Lab http://kcur.org/post/senate-approves-32-million-kansas-bio-defense-lab <p>Kansas City, MO – The U.S. Senate has approved $32 million for a massive Kansas lab aimed at research on foot-and-mouth and other diseases.</p> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:45:37 +0000 KCUR & Associated Press 5822 at http://kcur.org Committee Approves Money For Bio-Defense Lab http://kcur.org/post/committee-approves-money-bio-defense-lab <p>Kansas City, MO – Legislation to fund construction of a federal research lab in Kansas has moved forward.</p> Thu, 08 Oct 2009 14:43:59 +0000 Kansas Public Radio 5740 at http://kcur.org Manhattan To Be Site For High Level Biosecurity Lab http://kcur.org/post/manhattan-be-site-high-level-biosecurity-lab <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d08132bc107-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d08132bc107-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d08132bc107-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-816288.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Manhattan, KS – Kansas won a fierce, three-year, competition last week for a multi-million dollar laboratory designed to replace the facility on Plum Island off New York. The new biosecurity lab will study some of the most contagious and untreatable pathogens, and look for vaccines.</p> Sun, 18 Jan 2009 09:48:20 +0000 Laura Ziegler 4938 at http://kcur.org