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Agriculture
11:33 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Sen. Roberts: NBAF Construction Set To Begin

The DHS animal disease lab known as NBAF will begin construction Tuesday, May 28th, according to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.
Credit Department of Homeland Security

Groundbreaking for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will take place next Tuesday in Manhattan, Kansas according to a release from Senator Robert's office.

Cost sharing for this phase of the animal disease lab will be about equal - 50/50- for the independent power plant required on the 48 acre site at Kansas State University. Both Kansas and the federal government are putting in roughly $40 million.

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Tracking NBAF
11:08 am
Wed April 10, 2013

President's Budget Includes Funds For NBAF In Manhattan

President Obama presenting his FY2014 Budget this morning. It includes $714 million for animal disease research, but isn't specific about funding NBAF.

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, "  including $714 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

The news has already been  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.

Senator Pat Roberts said the proposal represents the administration’s support for NBAF.

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Tracking NBAF
2:28 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Federal Government Releases Money For Animal Disease Lab

Tim Barr, Dept of Homeland Security site manager for the NBAF site in Manhattan, Kansas.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

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.

But that’s exactly what happened last month.

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Tracking NBAF
11:49 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Feds Officially Gain Control Of Land For Top Security Lab

Laura Ziegler KCUR

The Department of Homeland Security officially took ownership of 46 acres in Manhattan, Kansas this week for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

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Tracking NBAF
11:38 am
Mon December 31, 2012

NBAF Officially Gets Land: A Green Light For Troubled Project?

The site for the proposed federal National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

We return now to a story we’ve been covering on an ongoing basis: The debate over the billion-dollar  animal disease lab under construction – maybe – in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Agriculture
5:49 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Less May Mean More For Federal Animal Disease Lab

The National Academies of Sciences issued a set of 10 conclusions today on the future of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas

The report says while there is a critical need for a so-called BSL4 lab to research the most dangerous emerging diseases that affect particularly livestock, it said the current NBAF proposal would be better... smaller.

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