Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) introduced a resolution on February 28 that would add more biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. economic and national security.
The senators said that improving biosecurity and animal health begins with the completion of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, and the development of the Animal Health Corridor in the Kansas City region. Roberts said the resolution is meant to remind Washington that vulnerabilities to food supply and the agricultural economy must be addressed, Feedstuffs.com reports.
“As we consider measures to improve biosecurity and protect plant and animal health, I will work hard to ensure that our nation has the best resources to do the job,” Roberts said, according to Feedstuffs.com. “This includes continuing construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas and development of the Animal Health Corridor in the Kansas City region.”
Roberts said that while he understands the federal government needs to cut spending, investment in important projects like the NBAF which protect both the economy and national security must continue to be funded. Blunt agreed and said that the U.S. must continue to support investments in the nation’s farmers.
“We must recognize the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense at a national level, and support continued investments in agriculture research and engineering so farmers and ranchers have the resources they need to stay competitive in the world market,” Blunt said, according to Feedstuffs.com. “The NBAF project remains one of my top priorities, and I will continue working to ensure the security of our nation’s food supply and agriculture economy.”
McCaskill said she was pleased to be a part of the resolution which acknowledges the need for biosecurity for safety and economic reasons, Feedstuffs.com reports.
“I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to ensure we accomplish these goals,” McCaskill said, according to Feedstuffs.com.