The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction site in February 2019.

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April 04, 2019 - News Local/State

The Other Manhattan Project

In the wake of Sept. 11, federal officials said the United States needed a new, state-of-the-art facility to defend against bioterrorism and stop diseases that could devastate the country’s farm economy and threaten human lives. They chose Manhattan, Kansas, as the site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility. 

Farm field in Champaign County.

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March 24, 2019 - News Local/State

Illinois Farms Get Bigger, Fewer, As Farmers Age

Illinois agricultural officials say the number of farms in the state is going down, and the remaining operations are growing bigger as aging farmers struggle to find successors.

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