Washington, D.C. -- This afternoon, the US Department of Agriculture announced that it was going to extend by 30 days the time period in which local and state governments, industry, academia, and other interested parties have to submit proposals to house the new headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS). Rep. Jim Renacci sent a letter to the USDA asking for the Department to provide 30 more days for applicants to submit proposals and highlighted why proposals from the state should be strongly considered.
“I am pleased to hear that the USDA has announced this delay since I wrote to Secretary Perdue regarding this issue. It is important for all Ohio communities have adequate time to submit potential locations for the ERS and NIFA. I strongly believe that Ohio would make a great destination for these two agencies due to our strong agricultural economy and low cost of living. I look forward to continue working with communities throughout the state to submit proposals to headquarter these agencies.”