Leveraging the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, will be America's foremost animal disease research facility. It's being constructed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and it will be operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). For the lates updates about NBAF, consult the USDA NBAF website.
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 near 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.
Food Security is National Security
Kansas State University President Richard Myers joins former U.S. House Ag Committee Chairman Conaway to highlight the impact food security has on national security.
Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
Kansas State University is the 'Silicon Valley for biodefense,' according to Blue Ribbon Study Panel
When the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense (now the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense) visited Kansas State University for a series of agrodefense discussions, the university cemented its status as a national leader in animal health, biosciences and food safety research.