National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

GREAT BEND, Kansas — Emerging infectious diseases like the coronavirus don’t just threaten humans. They’re also a major concern for the livestock industry and the U.S. food supply, with billions, if not trillions, of dollars at stake.

Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service

The terms for handing off the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, have been settled — even as the billion-dollar-plus research site remains under construction.

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A state panel consisting of Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to authorize an additional $231 million dollars in bonds to help pay for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction near Manhattan.

The State Finance Council's authorization on Tuesday is contingent on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreeing that Kansas won't be asked to pay any more for the facility.

Kansas lawmakers initially authorized $105 million dollars in bonds when the state was awarded the project in 2009.

The Kansas State Finance Council, which is composed of lawmakers and Governor Sam Brownback, has delayed issuing bonds for a federal disease lab being built in Manhattan.

The bonds will help construct the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF. Stephen Koranda reports...

Lawmakers have approved a total of $300 million in state bonds.

They have stipulations, saying the state wouldn't be responsible for cost overruns and the bonds wouldn't be issued until the federal governments supplies its full share of the cost, which hasn't happened yet.