May 22 2019

Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) led a letter from the North Carolina Congressional delegation to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to advocate for the selection of North Carolina as the new home of the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) agencies of the USDA.
Senator Tillis recently applauded the USDA’s decision to select the Research Triangle as one of three finalists to become the new home of the ERS and NIFA.
“Agriculture is a cornerstone of North Carolina’s economy, comprising our state’s industry with an economic impact of $87 billion and supporting 686,200 jobs across the state,” wrote the NC Congressional Delegation. “North Carolina’s vibrant agriculture industry is also attributable to partnerships with our state’s world-renown universities.
“As representatives of North Carolina, we stand ready to assist you with providing any further information about our state’s countless attributes, and we look forward to further discussions about North Carolina’s resources, talent, and access that make it an exceptional candidate for ERS and NIFA’s new home,” the Delegation continued.
Joining Senator Tillis on the letter was Senator Richard Burr and Representatives David Price, David Rouzer, George Holding, G.K. Butterfield, Patrick McHenry, Richard Hudson, Mark Walker, Mark Meadows, Ted Budd, and Virginia Foxx.
Read the letter to Secretary Perdue HERE.