Monday, December 8, 2008

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF)

Recently Kansas Media announced that the U.S. Homeland Security Department was recommending Kansas as a location for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.

"The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility -- or NBAF -- is a $451 million national defense laboratory being proposed by the Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security proposed the lab because there is a gap in the nation’s strategy against bioterrorism -- namely in the nation’s ability to stave off and quash agricultural disease. Scientists at the facility will research biological threats and develop vaccines and other countermeasures to prevent and combat these diseases. NBAF will be America’s first line of defense in the war against animal and agricultural disease." (from KSU FAQ below)

Below are some links to information on who, what, where, why and how in regards to the NBAF:

Frequently Asked Questions
(Kansas State University Media Relations)
(Other K-State Media articles:

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
(U.S. Department of Homeland Security website)

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility for Kansas Heartland BioAgro Consortium
(Task Force created by Governor's Executive Order to promote the Facility's location in Kansas and to inform the public of its benefits)
---Information about the Coalition
---"The NBAF Belongs in Kansas"
---Public Education Pamphlets
---Frequently Asked Questions

Creation of Kansas National Bio and Agrodefense Facility Task Force
(i.e. the above Consortium)
(Kansas Governor's Executive Order no. 07-01)

Proposed location of NBAF in Manhattan, Kansas
(U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

Statements of Support regarding Kansas' Selection as Location
Senator Sam Brownback
Rep. Jerry Moran
Senator Pat Roberts

1 comment:

MidCoast Kid said...

They probably selected Kansas because they don't care how many of us Heartlanders die if there is an accident and some nasty disease escapes from the facility.