An unpopular move inside the Beltway now threatens local jobs.
The abrupt relocation in mid-2019 of the USDA's Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture from D.C. to Kansas City resulted in a wave of career-service employees leaving, hundreds of economic and research positions left unfilled, and delays of dozens of vital research reports on topics like conservation, nutrition assistance and the farm economy.
“It’s hard to pretend it never happened,” said former USDA Chief Economist Joseph Glauber, now a senior fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington. “You’ve uprooted everyone’s lives, you had all these people quit — it’s a tough situation.”
Read betwixt the lines . . . Looks like they want it back.
Here's a glimpse at Kansas City possibly losing out as the new administration looks to reverse Prez Trump's policies . . .
Employees and advocates say a central piece of Biden's agriculture agenda will rest on repairing the department overall to restore its focus on the environment, nutrition, food safety and more. But doing so will require rebuilding a piece of the federal bureaucracy that experienced a wholesale restructuring under Trump, one that could take years of effort.