Groundbreaking planned for biodefense lab

Obama Budget Biodefense Lab
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010, file photo, a sign marks the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) – A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next week for the central utilities plant at a new, national biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials planning to attend the May 28 ceremony include Gov. Sam Brownback, U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, U.S. Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Lynn Jenkins and Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz.

The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation’s food supply. The Kansas facility replace an aging research center on Plum Island, N.Y.

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