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Kan. Department Of Agriculture Relocating To Manhattan

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says the Kansas Department of Agriculture will move most of its offices to Manhattan a little more than a year from now. 

Rodman could not be reached for comment on the decision, but a news release from his office says the agency will keep its main administrative office in Topeka. Most of its programs will move to Manhattan where officials can work closely with Kansas State University. 

The offices there will be housed in a new building to be constructed by the KSU Foundation. Rodman says the move will establish the state ag department as a pillar in the KSU Foundation Research Park. 

Officials at the Foundation are referring all questions about the deal to the Department of Agriculture.

The news release makes reference to "synergy" with other agriculture and bioscience entities being located in Manhattan. Including the planned, but unfunded, National Bio and Agro Defense Facility.