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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.

The Kansas City metro area is among three sites still in the hunt to become the next location for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research arms.

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 

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.

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The two U.S. Senators from Kansas say they won't play politics with the budget bill containing the final $300 million in federal funding for a state-of-the-art bio-security lab under construction adjacent to the Kansas State University campus. The $1.25 billion lab is scheduled to open in 2023, barring any further hurdles.

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.

Senate Subcommittee Approves NBAF Funds

Jul 16, 2013

A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday approved $404 million in federal spending for the construction of a federal research laboratory at Kansas State University.

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

May 28, 2013

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

Negotiators Agree On NBAF Bonds

May 16, 2013

Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to authorize issuing $202 million in bonds to build a federal biodefense research lab in Manhattan.

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