Senators introduce bill to draw attention to agro-defense facility

By Agri-Pulse staff

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2013 - A group of four bipartisan senators today introduced a resolution aimed at highlighting the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. national and economic security.

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Sens. Pat Robert, R-Kan., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., introduced the resolution to show support for the creation of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Kansas, which will eventually replace the functions of the aging Plum Island Animal Disease Center located off Long Island.

NBAF will study dangerous foreign animal diseases as well as emerging and new infectious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people. 

“This resolution will remind my colleagues in Washington that addressing critical vulnerabilities to our food supply and agriculture economy remains a top priority,” Roberts said. “As we consider measures to improve biosecurity and protect plant and animal health, I will work hard to ensure that our nation has the best resources to do the job.”

Moran described NBAF as a “modern, safe, world-class facility the United States needs to protect Americans against biological threats and the devastation they could cause.”


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