Senators recognize importance of biosecurity and agro-defense

Published on: Feb 28, 2013

U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R., Kan.), Jerry Moran (R., Kan.), Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.) introduced a resolution Feb. 28 to recognize the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to America's national and economic security.

"This resolution will remind my colleagues in Washington that addressing critical vulnerabilities to our food supply and agriculture economy remains a top priority," Roberts said. "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. This includes continuing construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas and development of the Animal Health Corridor in the Kansas City region. While the federal government must curtail spending, investments in vital projects such as NBAF, which protect the nation’s security and economy, must continue to exist."

“The terrorist attacks of 9/11 reminded all Americans that we are vulnerable to those who want to do us harm,” Moran said. “Threats to our nation’s food supply are among the arsenal that could not only hurt millions of Americans, but also lead to economic chaos. The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) is the modern, safe, world-class facility the United States needs to protect Americans against biological threats and the devastation they could cause. I remain committed to making certain the construction of NBAF – an essential part of our national security apparatus – moves forward.”

“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,” said Blunt. “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.”

“I’m pleased to be a part of this resolution which recognizes the importance of biosecurity to our country’s safety, and to our agriculture economy across the United States,” McCaskill said. “Strengthening our biosecurity and animal health starts with the completion of the facility in Manhattan, Kansas and continues with the development of the Animal Health Corridor in the Kansas City region. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues to ensure we accomplish these goals.”