Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, along with a delegation of Kanss leaders and university officials were in Washington, D.C. Tuesday to meet with officials from the Department of Homeland Security to emphasize that Kansas supports locating the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan.
"Based on the qualifications laid out by the Department of Homeland Security, Kansas is the best location to site this facility. Kansas already has a world-class reputation for biosecurity and we're ready to play a larger role in protecting our nation's food supply," Sebelius said. "This delegation demonstrates the statewide and bi-partisan support that the NBAF has in Kansas and I appreciate everyone's work in achieving this goal."
Other members of the delegation include representatives from each of Kansas' Congressional and Senate offices, as well as the Presidents of the Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Bioscience Authority; the City Manager of Manhattan; former United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman; and leaders from Kansas State University.