(AP) — Kansas officials said Tuesday that they're pleased President Barack Obama included $40 million in his proposed 2011 budget for construction of a biodefense laboratory in northeast Kansas.
The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility would research foot-and-mouth disease and other deadly animal diseases.

"This project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs, making it critical to our economy and our national security," Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson said in a statement.

The lab would be built in Manhattan near the campus of Kansas State University and replace the aging biodefense lab on Plum Island, N.Y.

Sen. Sam Brownback said he appreciates the Obama administration acknowledging the importance of NBAF.

"Even in this very tough economic climate, the NBAF is mission critical to keep our food supply safe," Brownback said. "This will keep the project on schedule in a fiscally responsible way."

Last year, Congress appropriated $32 million for NBAF, most of it for planning and design, though it did order safety studies.

Source: Associated Press