Part of the enthusiasm about last week’s groundbreaking in Manhattan for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility was because it was so long in coming, and after much uncertainty about the siting and federal funding of the $1.25 billion lab. Now that construction is beginning at last, Kansas can be assured of the jobs and economic investment that will follow. More important, the nation can know that the state-of-the-art, 570,000-square-foot lab will be on the job as soon as possible to safeguard U.S. agriculture and Americans’ food supply and health from foreign and domestic threats. – Rhonda Holman
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