USDA announces Kansas City region as new home of NIFA and ERS

In a highly anticipated announcement, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Thursday that the Kansas City region would be the new home of the agency’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Economic Research Service.

NIFA employees vote to unionize by large margin

In the face of a proposed relocation from their longtime base in the nation’s capital, research employees at the USDA overwhelmingly voted to unionize. Eligible workers at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Tuesday voted, 137 to 2, to join the American Federation of Government …

GOP hoots ‘elitist’ as Democrats question USDA’s plan to relocate researchers

Hoping to dissuade Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, farm-state Democrats in Congress asked for a cost-benefit analysis that would justify moving two USDA research agencies out of Washington. Two senior Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee ridiculed the opposition to the relocation as elitism and knee-jerk obstructionism of President Trump.

Come here, ERS and NIFA, say Kansas and Missouri lawmakers

With a USDA decision expected soon, Missouri and Kansas lawmakers said that Kansas City “is ideally located” to be the new home of two research agencies that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wants to move out of Washington before the end of this year. The Kansas City area is one …

Is moving day near for two USDA agencies?

Like a genial bulldozer, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue relentlessly is pushing two scientific agencies out of Washington, with an announcement expected in mid-May of a new home in the heartland. Some mid-level USDA officials believe Kansas City, already the home of the department's commodity procurement office, is the favored site.

USDA tells ERS and NIFA staff who stays and who moves

As part of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s plan to move two research agencies out of the Washington area, officials have given “stay/go” information to employees, said a USDA spokesperson on Tuesday. Three-fourths of Economic Research Service workers will be asked to …

In two ways, lawmakers say ‘no’ to relocation of USDA research agencies

Congress is about to send USDA funding for the rest of the fiscal year to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. It will also send him an unambiguous, although nonbinding, message: Don’t move the Economic Research Service or the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington.

Capitol Hill pours cold water of relocation of two USDA research agencies

In nearly identical wording, the House and Senate Appropriations committees told the USDA to delay the relocation of two research agencies outside of the Washington area because of insufficient justification of the proposal. The bills, due for votes this week, potentially derail Agriculture …

Inspector general to review USDA relocation of two agencies

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue aims to announce the new homes for two USDA research agencies in early 2019, potentially relocating them as far away as California to save money and make it easier to recruit workers. The inspector general, however, will review whether Perdue can act on his own, announced two lawmakers.