State senators sponsor resolution to recognize animal health businesses

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 10:22 a.m. CDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas and Missouri senators are seeking additional recognition for the concentration of animal health businesses and research in their respective states.

The delegation has sponsored a resolution designating the area stretching from Manhattan, Kan., to Columbia, Mo., as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. Senators said the measure recognizes the region's reputation and global leadership in animal health.

There are more than 120 animal health companies in the region, as well as a large concentration of the nation's cattle and hogs. Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security selected a site in Manhattan for construction of the new National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which is expected to conduct research on plant and animal diseases.

A similar resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives.


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