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Nebraska Advances in Process to House 2 USDA Agencies
Nebraska Ag Connection - 03/13/2019

Tuesday, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Nebraska is among the list of potential sites to house two of its agencies:

"I'm excited to see a Nebraska consortium make the list of 67 potential sites for the new home of two important USDA agencies. As Nebraskans know well, our state is a leader in ag and business-related research and it's a wonderful place to live and work. All of these factors make Nebraska the perfect fit for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service. I'm pleased to see Nebraska advance in this process and lend my full support to bringing these agencies to The Good Life."

"We are excited to see that the USDA has named Nebraska as a potential location for programs and jobs set for relocation," said Governor Pete Ricketts. "Nebraska Innovation Campus is the best location for these programs because of the synergies they will find in ag-related research and business. We have submitted an outstanding application and invite Secretary Perdue to name Nebraska as the destination for these great programs."

"Locating these USDA agencies in Nebraska, the agricultural heartland of America, just makes sense," University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Chancellor Ronnie Green said. "We plan to work aggressively with our Nebraska partners to make Nebraska Innovation Campus the new home to one or both of these agencies."

The USDA is looking for new homes for two of its programs: The Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA announced they had received 136 Expressions of Interest, and have moved 67, including two Nebraska locations, to the next round of consideration. The application from the consortium led by Governor Ricketts and Secretary Johanns recommends Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln as the destination for the programs.

After hearing that USDA was planning to relocate these agencies, Fischer joined the Nebraska delegation in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to seriously consider the consortium to house these agencies.

Ricketts and former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns have been leading a consortium of organizations to attract USDA jobs to Nebraska.

The complete list of Expressions of Interest still under consideration includes:

- Alabama, Birmingham and Shelby County

- Arkansas, Arkansas Economic Development Commission

- Arizona, Tempe

- Colorado, Aurora and 3 sites around the Denver area

- Deleware, Newark

- Florida, Tallahassee

- Georgia, Athens and Clarke County, and Griffin Spalding County

- Iowa, Ames, 2 sites in the Ankeny area, Des Moines and Council Bluffs

- Illinois, Algonquin, Barrington, Des Plaines, DuPage County, Huntley, Kane County, Orland Park, Schaumburg and Warrenville

- Indiana, Indiana Economic Development Corporation; AgriNovus Indiana, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and Purdue University

- Kansas and Missouri, 3 sites in the greater Kansas City region

- Louisiana, Baton Rouge

- Maryland, Montgomery County and College Park

- Michigan, East Lansing

- Minnesota, Falcon Heights, Minneapolis and Shakopee

- Missouri, St. Louis

= North Carolina, Kannapolis, Chapel Hill and Research Triangle Region

- Nebraska, Lincoln and Omaha

- New York, Greater Rochester

- Ohio, Akron, Geauga County, Middlefield Village, Twinsburg, Streetsboro and Portage County

- Pennsylvania, Hanover Township

- South Carolina, Columbia

- Tennessee, Knoxville and Memphis

- Texas, San Marcos, College Station and Dallas

- Utah, Tooele County

- Virginia, Charlottesville, Greene County, Madison County, 2 sites in Caroline County, Petersburg, Richmond and Roanoke

- Wisconsin, Madison

Questions regarding the USDA site selection process should be directed to relocation@usda.gov.

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