Woteki’s visit included tours of the proposed site for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), and the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) at Kansas State University.
“(NBAF) is very important for American agriculture,” Woteki said. “It will be the place where we’ll be able to develop anti-viral agents and also be able to train veterinarians to recognize (animal) diseases and to respond quickly with knowledge about how to treat those diseases.”
NBAF is not yet fully into the construction stage, but Woteki thinks the facility could be fully operational in 7-9 years, depending on appropriations from Congress.
Also on Thursday, Woteki met with business leaders in Manhattan to hear their ideas on how to boost local economies. “We are interested in hearing their ideas on how to stimulate innovation as a way to create new jobs,” she said.