08.20.2018

Letter to the Senate on Proposed NIFA Relocation

WASHINGTON, DC (August 20, 2018)—On August 9, 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the department’s intention to relocate the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) to outside of Washington, DC effective the end of 2019. In response, SoAR sent a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow encouraging leadership to ask for a more detailed justification for the change in location which could be disruptive to the agencies as part of the upcoming confirmation hearing for the USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics nominee. 

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