The USDA’s Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture relocation was discussed during a House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research hearing on Wednesday. University of Florida Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources Jack Payne said staying in Washington D.C. makes the most sense “The nation’s capitol is the best place to address the nation’s agricultural research needs,” explained Payne. “There’s no place better for NIFA to coordinate with other funding agencies, call attention to the national need for more agricultural research and to meet with representatives of its chief partners, land grant universities.” There are three locations being considered for the relocation including the Kansas City area, multiple locations in Indiana and the research triangle region of North Carolina.
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