The relocation of the USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture was a big focus during a House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on Thursday. USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics Scott Hutchins addressed the costs of the move to the Kansas City area. “While it’s true we have lost some excellent talent in both of those agencies, we have every confidence we are able to replace that.” Hutchins said the USDA believes the agencies can rebuild. “I’ve stated previously in the past, there are two primary objectives in this project. One is to take care of employees as best we could and make the transition for those as feasible and easy as possible. We been successful in efforts for those who are relocating to Kansas City and others who have elected not to relocate.”
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