House Democrats Look to Block Move of USDA Agencies

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 22 2019

A contingent of House Democrats is strategizing to block the move of two USDA agencies. The Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are both slated to be relocated outside of the Washington area to a yet-to-be-determined site, by the end of 2019.

Citing cost-cutting measures and the desire to move ERS and NIFA closer to rural communities, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced back in August that the two agencies would be leaving DC. Plans also call for the ERS to be realigned from the USDA’s research, education, a...

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