Bio / Agro Security
Kansas has a long history of protecting the American food supply and agriculture economy, and has unique capabilities and infrastructure to contribute to the mission of Bio and Agro Security.
A significant step in pursuing that mission is the construction of the National Bio and Agrodefense Facility, or NBAF. NBAF is the answer to an important national challenge - to ensure public health and the safety and security of our national food supply. NBAF will be a $1.25 billion, 580,000 square-foot facility in Manhattan, Kansas, that will provide integrated research, response and diagnostic capabilities to protect animal and public health. NBAF will replace an aging federal facility located at Plum Island, New York.
Kansas State University and its Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), are jump-starting some of the research planned for NBAF.
Entrusted & Well-Positioned
In 1999, Kansas State University launched a food-related bio/agro security program that led to the construction of the BRI a few years after September 11. Because BRI research can address preharvest threats to food animals and food crops as well as postharvest threats to America’s food supply, Kansas State University was well-positioned to launch NBAF research when Manhattan was the site selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Kansas State University’s BRI provides state-of-the-art biocontainment infrastructure to allow NBAF research to begin well in advance of NBAF becoming operational. Work began in 2014 on the zoonotic foreign animal diseases Rift Valley fever and Japanese encephalitis; it expanded to the nonzoonotic threats classical swine fever and African swine fever in 2015 and 2016, respectively.