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Agriculture
3:28 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Kansas Congressional Delegation Sparring Over Budget's Impact On NBAF

Senator Lynn Jenkins speaks in support of NBAF at groundbreaking ceremonies earlier this year
Credit Laura Ziegler

Some fissures have erupted among the Kansas Congressional delegation over how the House budget bill might affect the proposed National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF). 

The Department of Homeland Security project is currently under construction in Manhattan, Kan., but is behind schedule and underfunded.

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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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Agriculture
10:02 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kansas Moves Agriculture Department To Manhattan

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.

The move will allow the Kansas department to work more closely and avoid redundancies with bioscience research and commerce already going on in Manhattan.

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3:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

White House Budget Office Responds To Concerns About NBAF

Supporters believe funding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is critical to protecting our nation's food supply. Detractors in Congress have asked the President not to fund it next year.
Credit Laura Ziegler

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.

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.

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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
2:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Kansas Senator Says NBAF Going Forward With Release Of New Funds

The NBAF site in Manhattan will change for the first time in years if construction begins on an electric plant.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

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. 

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.

$90 million in federal funds are available for the NBAF.

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11:42 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Kansas Cattlemen Reject Proposed Biosecurity Lab

The proposed site of the NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

A limited survey of members of the Kansas Cattlemen’s Association has found little support for building the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan.

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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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8:59 am
Sat July 21, 2012

NBAF May Get Boost As Government Report Says 'Sell Plum Island'

A government report encourages sale of Plum Island Animal Disease Center, the only place in the U.S. where research on Foot and Mouth Disease is currently being done.

It could be good news for supporters of the NBAF,  the top-level biosecurity lab proposed for Manhattan, Kan.

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12:00 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back For K-State Animal Lab?

Critics say rural America could be devastated by an outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, which the NBAF would research.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

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.

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 and too costly.

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9:02 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Another New Report To Shed Light On NBAF's Future

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

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.

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8:29 am
Mon June 18, 2012

NBAF's Real Risk Is Still Anyone's Guess

Though ground had been broken for NBAF in February, funding and security questions have stalled the project.
Laura Ziegler Harvest Public Media

A committee of the National Research Council says an updated risk assessment of a proposed high-security biodefense lab in Manhattan, Kan., appears to understate the chances of deadly pathogens being accidentally released. 

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12:08 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Report Slams NBAF Risk Assessment

The National Research Council's report on the NBAF risk assessment.
National Research Council

"Not trustworthy."

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Agriculture
4:55 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

An Inside Look At Research On NBAF

The proposed NBAF lab in Manhattan, Kan., is on the campus of Kansas State University.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

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.

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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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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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3:48 am
Sun January 18, 2009

Manhattan To Be Site For High Level Biosecurity Lab

Manhattan, KS – The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, as it's known, is supposed to bring millions of dollars in economic development, hundreds of jobs and international prestige to Manhattan. A consortium of Kansas State University, the state of Kansas and a public-private "bioscience authority" wrote the proposal.

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