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4:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

NBAF Supporters Plan To Keep Fighting

Supporters of a planned federal disease lab in Kansas say they'll continue fighting for the project, despite some budget setbacks.

The National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility, or NBAF, is slated to be built near Manhattan. A steering committee appointed by Governor Sam Brownback met today for the first time to review the project.

The committee includes Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. She's confident construction of the lab will take place.

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12:01 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

NBAF Steering Committee Holds First Meeting In Topeka

The first meeting of a steering committee appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback last summer is taking place this morning in Topeka.

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12:17 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

NBAF Closes In On Federal Funding

A rendering of the proposed NBAF facility in Manhattan, Kan.
nbafinkansas.org

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) got one step closer to Congressional funding yesterday.

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9:41 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Possible Funding Boost For Kan. Agro-Defense Facility

The troubled National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., got a financial shot in the arm yesterday.

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Tracking NBAF
10:34 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Exploring Options For NBAF

A rendering of the proposed NBAF facility in Manhattan, Kan.
nbafinkansas.org

It’s another big week for NBAF, the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility under construction in Manhattan, Kan.

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3:56 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Public Hearing In Washington D.C. Looks At Alternatives For NBAF

In its first public hearing today in Washington , D.C. a new panel of the National Research Council will discuss alternatives for the National Bio and Agro -Defense Facility  -- or NBAF.

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Tracking NBAF
8:46 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Funding NBAF: As Congress Waits, Will Kansas Dollars Continue?

Gov. Brownback signs an order creating an NBAF steering committee in Kansas.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

With federal funding more at risk than ever for Manhattan’s National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback recently said the state could expect what he called “a fight” for the next five years.

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Tracking NBAF
3:32 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

NBAF Feasibility Talks Continue

The Department of Homeland Security continued the conversation about funding challenges before the House Appropriations Committee in Washington, D.C. this week.

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Tracking NBAF
3:03 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

$1 Billion Price Tag For NBAF

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will cost more than $1 billion when all is said and done, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed today during a conference in Washington, D.C.

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Tracking NBAF
9:30 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Another Round Of NBAF Questions

Some worry the NBAF site on the K-State campus puts students at risk.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

The latest in the dizzying round of discussions about the safety and security of the Department of Homeland Security’s high-level bio containment lab in Manhattan, Kan., will take place this Friday in Washington, D.C.

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Tracking NBAF
9:45 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Latest NBAF Report Cuts Risk Of Pathogen Release

Signs outside the NBAF site in Manhattan, Kan.

The risk of a pathogen release at the controversial National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility being built in Manhattan, Kan., is much less than originally calculated, according to a new, much-anticipated report from the Department of Homeland Security.

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9:50 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Opponents Of High-Security Lab In Manhattan Gain Steam

Signs outside the site.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

Opponents of a controversial Kansas lab designed to study and combat biological diseases have recently found new energy, as work on the Department of Homeland Security project stalled.

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Tracking NBAF
3:51 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Brownback Says Obama Still Committed To NBAF

Governor Sam Brownback says members of the president's administration continue to support the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is slated to be built in Manhattan.

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Tracking NBAF
9:40 am
Tue February 14, 2012

NBAF Supporters, And Opponents, In An Uproar After Obama's Funding Cuts

The White House budget for 2013 provides no construction funding for a planned livestock disease lab in Kansas and calls for a “comprehensive assessment of the project in 2012” to consider “the cost, safety, and any alternatives to the current plan.”

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3:48 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

NBAF Funding Slashed In Obama Budget

Architectural rendering of NBAF building. President Obama has decided not to fund construction of the huge animal disease lab in Kansas next year.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

Supporters of a high security bio-defense facility in Manhattan, Kan., got some depressing news today. The White House Budget for 2013 cuts funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) from $50 million to $10 million.

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12:49 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Risk Unavoidable, With Or Without NBAF

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.
Wen Nag Flickr.com

Kansas political leaders and top officials at Kansas State University are united in support of a plan to bring the nation's premier agricultural disease laboratory to the K-State campus in Manhattan.

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9:26 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Governor: Bioscience Authority Controversy Won't Affect NBAF

An audit released recently alleges misdeeds by former Kansas Bioscience Authority head Tom Thornton. The KBA is one of the groups that worked to help Kansas land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) project.

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4:58 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Safety Concerns Aired At NBAF Hearing

The proposed NBAF lab at in Manhattan, Kan., would guard the nation's food supply against diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow disease.

A committee of the National Research Council visited Kansas State University Friday to get a feel for safety concerns for a giant biosafety lab planned for the Manhattan, Kan., campus.

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3:24 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Study Outlines Economic Impact Of NBAF Lab

A new report says NBAF -- the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility -- could create 1300 jobs during the construction phase alone.

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8:33 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Questions Loom For Future Of High-Security Lab At K-State

The site designated to become the home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, is on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
Eric Durban Harvest Public Media

It’s been three years since the Department of Homeland Security chose Kansas as the site of its National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, but there’s a growing sense that the project has a precarious future.

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Agroterrorism
10:54 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Agroterrorism A Subject Of Study And Concern In Post-9/11 World

Dr. Peter Chalk.
Rand Corporation

Before 9/11,"agroterrorism" was not a familiar term to many.

But in the post-9/11 era, the possibility of a deliberate attack on our food supply is something government, law enforcement and private industry have been studying carefully.

Dr. Peter Chalk of the Rand Corporation, a political scientist and expert on international terrorism, has written extensively on the issue of agroterrorism.

He says there's never been an intentional attack on our plant or livestock production, but we ignore the possibilities at our own risk.

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Tracking NBAF
12:00 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

All Eyes On NBAF Construction, Just No Cameras

The dirt’s far from settled at the construction site of the new home for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility— or NBAF — in Manhattan, Kan.

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1:57 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Kansas Legislature Strips KBA Of Bonding For NBAF

New Kansas Bioscience Authority under construction in Olathe. Photo courtesy of KBA

The Kansas House voted unanimously last night to strip the troubled Kansas Bioscience Authority of bonding authority for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, or NBAF.

The vote gives the state Department of Administration charge over issuing $150 million dollars in bonds.

In a separate move, a provision added to a Senate bill requires the State Finance Department to approve any NBAF bonds.

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9:59 am
Sun April 17, 2011

Interim Head Of KBA Concerned About NBAF, Investments

David Vranicar, Interim CEO of the Kansas Bioscience Authority.

The interim CEO of the troubled Kansas Bioscience Authority says the KBA will cooperate completely with the Governor's office in it's request for an independent audit. The Kan. legislature has been holding hearings in recent weeks.

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10:29 am
Tue February 15, 2011

Officials With NBAF Pleased About President's Budget

The President's budget, which was made public yesterday, pegs $150 million for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. That's the Level 4 laboratory designed to test highly contagious pathogens and foreign animal diseases operated by the Department of Homeland Security. DHS awarded the $650 million project to K-State a couple of years ago.

Officials told reporters in a teleconference yesterday they were happy with the budget proposal.

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9:30 am
Fri November 19, 2010

President Of KBA Reacts To NBAF Risk Assessment

Two reports came out this week about the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF.

The Department of Homeland Security released a risk assessment for the site, scheduled to begin construction in 2012 in Manhattan, Kan.

The National Academy of Sciences followed with a Congressionally mandated evaluation of that assessment.

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2:39 pm
Fri February 26, 2010

K-State Wins DHS Center To Study Animal Diseases

Kansas City , Mo. – The latest feather in the cap for the so-called "animal health corridor" is the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD.

The center is a $12 million dollar investment by the Department of Homeland Security at K-State. It will compliment the work of the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility. The so-called NBAF is the high-security lab Manhattan recently won in a competitive bidding process that will be researching foreign and domestic animal diseases and vaccines.

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12:00 am
Fri November 13, 2009

Animal Health Corridor Eager For Development

If you feed your dog Science Diet or protect him with the flea and tick control Advantix, you’re using products made in the Animal Health Corridor.

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1:45 pm
Wed October 21, 2009

Senate Approves $32 Million For Kansas Bio-defense Lab

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.

The money is in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that the Senate approved on a vote of 79-19 Tuesday. The House has already approved the $44.1 billion compromise spending bill, which is headed to President Barack Obama.

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9:43 am
Thu October 8, 2009

Committee Approves Money For Bio-Defense Lab

Kansas City, MO – Legislation to fund construction of a federal research lab in Kansas has moved forward. Federal officials chose Manhattan, Kansas late last year as the site for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

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