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Ag Groups Sign Letter Urging Congress to Protect ERS, NIFA
USAgNet - 11/14/2018

The American Statistical Association joined with 59 other organizations in sending a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate agricultural appropriations subcommittees requesting they protect the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The letter is the latest in a long list of activities by the USDA stakeholder community expressing concern for and/or opposition to the USDA's controversial plans for the two agencies announced in August.

Specifically the 60 organizations request that agriculture appropriators "specify that no funding be used for relocation or realignment of ERS and that no funding be used for the NIFA relocation beyond that already provided for its relocation within the National Capital Region."

As stated in the letter, the signers' "fundamental concern is that the proposed relocation and realignment will undermine the quality and breadth of the work these agencies support and perform - work that is vital to informing and supporting US agriculture, food and rural economies."

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