WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Nebraska is among the list of potential sites to house two of its agencies:

“I’m excited to see a Nebraska consortium make the list of 67 potential sites for the new home of two important USDA agencies. As Nebraskans know well, our state is a leader in ag and business-related research and it’s a wonderful place to live and work. All of these factors make Nebraska the perfect fit for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service. I’m pleased to see Nebraska advance in this process and lend my full support to bringing these agencies to The Good Life.”

After hearing that USDA was planning to relocate these agencies, Senator Fischer joined the Nebraska delegation in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to seriously consider the consortium to house these agencies.

More from USDA:

USDA announced an initial list of 136 Expressions of Interest received from parties in 35 states vying to become homes of the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). For this initial down-select, USDA applied a set of guiding principles against the Expressions of Interest locations including USDA travel requirements, labor force statistics, work hours most compatible with all USDA office schedules.  Sixty-seven Expressions of Interest remain under consideration. 

Click here for the complete list.