NBAF Operational Responsibility Memorandum Signed by DHS, USDA Officials
Peter Dorhout, vice president for research at Kansas State University said this change in agency leadership is consistent with oversight and management of the type of fundamental and applied research that will take place at the NBAF facility.
“We look forward to partnering with our NBAF and USDA colleagues as we work toward keeping the world and its food supply safe and protecting our food producers and this vital industry, especially here in Kansas,” said Dorhout.
According to Ron Trewyn, National Bio and Agro-defense Facility liaison, K-State scientists have collaborated with USDA scientists for decades.
“State of Kansas funding has allowed our faculty to jump-start research on four NBAF diseases in the Biosecurity Research Institute at Pat Roberts Hall and some of that work is being done with USDA researchers from the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research here in Manhattan. Future USDA NBAF scientists are being trained in the BRI today. Thus, the interactions should only multiply and flourish in the future,” said Trewyn.
The state-of-the-art NBAF facility will replace the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. The Manhattan, Kansas, site strategically places it near the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world, providing access to important veterinary, agricultural and biosecurity research and expertise.