BREAKING NEWS: NC Misses Out on USDA Relocation

North Carolina’s Research Triangle has lost out on hosting two USDA agencies which are likely being relocated out of Washington, DC.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that USDA has chosen the Kansas City area as the new home of USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue met with Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, at USDA headquarters the day before Kansas City’s selection was officially announced.

Perdue was in the Triangle last week visiting a local food bank. He said at the time that he had distanced himself from the selection process but expected an announcement of the proposed site soon.

North Carolina and Indiana were the other two finalists.

Employees at both agencies have voted to unionize in protest of the relocation plans, and some senior researchers have said they will quit their jobs rather than move. The plan has also drawn criticism from some house Democrats.