Gov. Ricketts, University Comment on USDA Announcement
Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970
Eric Maher, 402-471-1974
LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Chancellor Ronnie Green issued statements following an announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Governor Ricketts and former USDA Secretary Mike Johanns have been leading a consortium of organizations to attract USDA jobs to Nebraska. This morning, the USDA announced that two Nebraska locations moved to the next round of consideration.
“We are excited to see that the USDA has named Nebraska as a potential location for programs and jobs set for relocation,” said Governor Ricketts. “Nebraska Innovation Campus is the best location for these programs because of the synergies they will find in ag-related research and business. We have submitted an outstanding application and invite Secretary Perdue to name Nebraska as the destination for these great programs.”
“Locating these USDA agencies in Nebraska, the agricultural heartland of America, just makes sense," Chancellor Green said. "We plan to work aggressively with our Nebraska partners to make Nebraska Innovation Campus the new home to one or both of these agencies.”
The USDA is looking for new homes for two of its programs: The Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA announced they had received 136 Expressions of Interest, and have moved 67, including two Nebraska locations, to the next round of consideration. The application from the consortium led by Governor Ricketts and Secretary Johanns recommends Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln as the destination for the programs.