Hartzler on USDA’s Announcement for ERS and NIFA in Missouri
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be based in Kansas City, Missouri:
“I’m thrilled that the Department of Agriculture has chosen Missouri to host the ERS and NIFA. Missouri is once again showing that it is open for business, welcoming these important agencies with a qualified workforce, lower costs of living, and a business climate that allows for families to thrive. I am honored to have been a part of this process and am excited to welcome them to the Heartland,” Rep. Hartzler said.
“Since August of 2018, I have worked in bipartisan fashion with my Congressional and University colleagues to bring ERS and NIFA closer to stakeholders. Missouri is well suited to provide a direct pipeline of top talent to these two agencies. I’m incredibly happy that Missourians will contribute to the research produced by ERS and NIFA as it continues to assist some of Missouri’s most important economic industries.
The ERS and NIFA were the only USDA agencies that did not have representation outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Earlier this year, the USDA announced that both ERS and NIFA would set up in the Kansas City region. There is already a significant presence of USDA and federal government employees in the region, including the Kansas City ‘Ag Bank’ Federal Reserve. Today’s announcement confirms that the agencies will be housed on the Missouri side of the Kansas City region.