Parkinson hails news of Kansas biodefense funding deal

Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson says a deal reached in Washington today recommends "initial funding" for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.

The money had been up in the air, with some chance that NBAF would go unfunded this year. Kansas was picked over other states to host the facility, which will house research on biological and chemical threats to the food supply.

Now it looks like the key conference committee has recommended that Congress OK the funds.

“Having already been assured by the President and DHS Secretary Napolitano that this mission remains a top priority for the administration, this funding is another critical piece in moving the NBAF project forward in Kansas. We will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that this appropriation is approved by the full Congress soon," Parkinson said in a statement emailed to reporters.

“Months ago, scientific experts from USDA, DHS and the Department of Defense unanimously chose Manhattan as the site for the NBAF project. Additional study is important to guarantee the safety of our nation’s food supply and the success of this critical project.”