Cramer to USDA: Move two ag agencies from Washington, D.C., to Fargo

FARGO -- Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is suggesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture move two of its key agencies here. Cramer made the suggestion in a letter sent Friday, Aug. 10, to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue after Perdue recently sa...

FARGO - Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., is suggesting the U.S. Department of Agriculture move two of its key agencies here.

Cramer made the suggestion in a letter sent Friday, Aug. 10, to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue after Perdue recently said he intended to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of Washington, D.C., by the end of 2019.

The ERS anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment and rural America. NIFA provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences.

Cramer suggested moving these agencies to Fargo, the home of North Dakota State University.

"NDSU has a world-renown faculty with advanced labs and research institutions who would complement the work of ERS and NIFA. North Dakota is a central location within the Great Plains Region and can position these resources closer to many agriculture stakeholders," Cramer said in a news release Friday.

This week The Forum reported that a watchdog group is urging federal officials to investigate NDSU's alleged coverup of at least 46 animal deaths at the university over the past two years.