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State agriculture agency leaving Topeka for Manhattan


The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it is moving to Manhattan in summer 2014.

The plan is to house the agency in a new 50,000-square-foot facility built by the Kansas State University Foundation in the group's research park.

Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman said the decision was made to move so the agency could work closer with other agricultural and bioscience entities, including the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. "Manhattan is the value-added center for agriculture," Rodman said.

KDA will maintain its main administrative offices in Topeka, but will move the majority of its programs to Manhattan. In addition, the department will maintain current field offices in Stafford, Stockton, Parsons and Garden City.


sciencegeek 5 years ago

You're assuming that everyone who is working there now will be asked to move to Manhattan. That's not guaranteed. It'd be cheaper to dump the people there now in favor of new hires; it isn't like this crowd has any respect for state employees. Although there could be a few more houses available due to foreclosure.

BTW, great display of empathy there, Toe. Although I can think of another body part that you resemble more closely.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years ago

sciencegeek, Toe doesn't do empathy. For anyone. From what I have seen in his posts, I suspect that he has a reduced capacity for empathetic response, compared to the general population. I don't even believe that he can empathize particularly effectively with those he is closest to, such as family members. Expecting him to be empathetic to the plights of others will only make you angry and him frustrated. Accept him for who he is, and for the capacities he DOES have, and both you and he will get along better.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Agree with what you say totally except I think Toe is a she.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years ago

My apologies to Toe, in that case. The error was mine, and I hope I did not offend too much.

riverdrifter 5 years ago

Eh, strictly speculation on my part!

Joe Blackford II 5 years ago

IMHO, it's a great move to have the NBAF acolytes within inhalation distance of their shrine. All Local, State & Federal NBAF supporters should have housing on site for the 50-year duration of homeland terrorism risk.

greatgatsby 5 years ago

Do you even know anything about NBAF? It's as safe... correction more safe... than any other research facility in the state. All the negative pressure zones and the 6000 Hepa filters filtering every bit of air in and out of the place make the air cleaner when it leaves than when it enters. It's got back up generators for it's back up generators that back up the back up substation Westar has provided. It's incredibly safe.

overthemoon 5 years ago

So they can be more directly under the thumb of Monsanto and other corporate ag business interests?

think_about_it 5 years ago

In the above mentioned case the Supremes voted 7-1 in Monsanto's favor. Why didn't you add that to your little cartoon propaganda?

Patricia Davis 5 years ago

I say in the effort to reduce costs we eliminate this appendix of an ususeful organ called Secretary of Agriculture. Your boy Sammie has sold the small farm down the river.Only big boys with big checkbooks need apply. Who needs an office in Manhattan for that?

sciencegeek 5 years ago

Just heard from some Board of Ag employees in Topeka. They found out about it from the online report from the Topeka newspaper. They didn't get the official email until sometime later in the day. How classless can you get?

Guess state employees don't deserve even the semblance of respect from this crowd. Must not be rich enough.

Michael LoBurgio 5 years ago

EWG Farm Subsidy Database

Individual Subsidy Recipients 1 to 18 of 18 in Kansas Last Name: BROWNBACK

1 Glen R Brownback Parker, KS 66072 $ 395,511.74

2 James R Brownback Parker, KS 66072 $ 348,400.58

3 Loyd A Brownback Mound City, KS 66056 $ 233,385.15

4 Mary K Dare Brownback Mound City, KS 66056 $ 81,562.18

5 Sam Brownback Topeka, KS 66610 $ 48,852.00

6 John Brownback Mound City, KS 66056 $ 42,424.04


George Dugger 5 years ago

So are these are those famous "takers" I hear the wingnuts talk about.

Shane Garrett 5 years ago

Lawrence accomplishing through inept leadership and lack of vision that which Quantrill could not.

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