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Statement from CALS Associate Dean Bill Barker on Madison, Wis. making the USDA middle list for NIFA and ERS relocation

We were pleased to partner with the City of Madison, University Research Park and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection on the proposal to relocate the federal USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service headquarters to OM Station, the former Oscar Mayer Kraft-Heinz headquarters; and we are even more pleased to see the proposal has made USDA’s “middle list” of 67 possible locations.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences ranks 8th globally among colleges of agricultural science and we receive more than $14 million in research funding from USDA. We believe the USDA researchers would benefit from the rich ecosystem of Wisconsin’s diverse agriculture, our agricultural economy and strong research infrastructure.

We look forward to continuing to work with our partners as our application moves through the USDA selection process.

-Bill Barker, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

To read the official “middle list” announcement, see the USDA 3/12/2019 press release “Secretary Perdue Announces Middle List for ERS and NIFA Relocation”.