ERS and NIFA to Relocate to Kansas City Area

USDA has selected the Kansas City Region to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. A Cost Benefit Analysis was conducted and conservative estimates show a savings of nearly $300 million nominally over a 15-year lease term on employment costs and rent, or about $20 million per year. The region is close to multiple land grant universities, providing access to a stable labor force. Out of NIFA’s 315 positions, 294 will relocate while 21 will stay in the NCR. Of the 329 ERS positions, 253 will relocate while 76 will stay in the Washington, D.C. area.