Congressman Kevin Cramer today sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue suggesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) move two of its key agencies to Fargo, North Dakota.
Perdue recently announced his intent to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019. The ERS anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America, and NIFA provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences.
Cramer suggested relocating these facilities to Fargo where North Dakota State University (NDSU), a land grant university since 1890, has been an integral partner in the advancement of production agriculture and agriculture research. He said, “NDSU has a world-renown faculty with advanced labs and research institutions who would complement the work of ERS and NIFA. North Dakota is a central location within the Great Plains Region and can position these resources closer to many agriculture stakeholders.”
Cramer highlighted the readiness of students graduating from NDSU, and noted Perdue as a strong partner for North Dakota’s agriculture industry. He said he looks forward to further discussions with him on how North Dakota can help to preserve and improve USDA’s effective, efficient, and customer-focused objectives at the ERS and NIFA.