Animal Health Corridor Chair says Losing NBAF Could Hurt Credentials of the Project

The Chairman of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor Board says without the national Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) slated for Kansas state university, the credibility of the project would be damaged.
President Obama’s budget eliminates money for continued construction of the plant and called for a re-assessment of its future.
Craig Wallace says the project, turning the region into a center for animal health research, product development and sales is successful now.
He adds, however, NBAF would be “bringing added credibility that this is the epicenter of the animal health industry.”
Wallace made his remarks in a Monday night interview on KMBC TV.
Wallace says 32% of all of the animal health business in the world is centered in Kansas City.
Wallace says the NBAF laboratory project would add 300 to 500 jobs in the region for construction and operation of the plant. The billion dollar project is supposed to replace a similar operation now in Ft. Plum, New York. Booster of the K-State NBAF facility says the nation needs a new state-of-the-art food-chain safety laboratory.
The intention is to protect the food chain from acts of bio or agro terrorism, or other threats to the food supply.
Monday Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the state’s Congressional delegation blasted the Obama budget decision to eliminate construction money.
In the statement, the Kansas group called the decision a change in direction that is “unacceptable”.
The region’s Animal Health Corridor stretches from K-State down I-70 to the east in Fulton, Missouri. It includes animal health projects at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri. The University of Missouri Vet School also participates. Scores of animal health businesses are the along I-70 corridor. At the K-U campus, researchers work on animal vaccines. At K-State, animal health research is well established.
The addition of the NBAF plant would re-enforce that concentration of animal health research, according to Wallace.

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