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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback were among the dignitaries at the June groundbreaking for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan. (Laura Ziegler/KCUR)
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback were among the dignitaries at the June groundbreaking for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan. (Laura Ziegler/KCUR)

Check out this good scoop on Kansas State University’s failure to adhere to federal safety regulations while doing research on dangerous bioterror pathogens.

USA Today’s Allison Young, an investigative reporter, uncovered a secret letter from federal lab regulators that cited K-State’s “history of non-compliance” that has “raised serious concerns” about the school’s ability to safely contain the dangerous pathogens.

This is important, of course, because K-State is the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF, in Manhattan, Kan. Work on NBAF, a $1.25 billion, 570,000-square-foot facility, is underway.

(File: Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from passing and enacting laws that require mandatory labels on genetically modified food. Here’s what you should know about it:

Turkeys raised on a confinement farm in Iowa in this file photo. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)
Turkeys raised on a confinement farm in Iowa in this file photo. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that the federal government is preparing for a bird flu outbreak this fall that would be two times as bad as the one experienced by Midwestern states this spring.

During testimony before a House Agriculture Committee oversight hearing, Vilsack said 3,200 employees have been added to the 8,000 who already work for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a sub-agency under the USDA. A command structure will be put in place along with incident teams, he said.

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