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National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

Leveraging the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility

The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, is the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's foremost animal disease research facility.

The $1.25 billion facility is a biosafety level-4 laboratory and will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. NBAF is expected to be operational by 2022-2023.

After a three-year site selection process, Manhattan, Kansas, was selected as the location for NBAF. The facility is under construction on Kansas State University's Manhattan campus and is adjacent to the university's Biosecurity Research Institute. This strategic location places NBAF near important veterinary, agricultural and biosecurity research and expertise.

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Panel discussion thumbnail imageBio/Agro-defense Policy: America’s Food Supply, Health, and Economy at Risk

General Myers, Senator Tom Daschle, and Congressman Mike Rogers participated in a panel discussion at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. A second panel included K-State’s Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Tammy Beckham, along with Drs. Bob Kadlec and Asha George.

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Read the Op-Ed article by Senator Daschle and General Myers