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National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

About the facility

With the arrival of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), Kansas State University is cementing its reputation as a national leader in protecting U.S. agriculture — crops, livestock — and food. NBAF will attract the best and brightest scientists to the Manhattan area and will lead to collaboration among researchers regionally and nationally. 

The university's Biosecurity Research Institute — a biosafety level-3 facility — is jump-starting the bio/agro-defense research planned for NBAF even before it becomes operational.  

NBAF will continue to attract private biotechnology companies and scientists to the Manhattan community, and is expected to bring an additional 40 businesses and laboratories and generate an economic return of $3.5 billion in its first 20 years.