Some USDA researchers reluctant to move cross country

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Some U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers are reluctant to move cross county to the Kansas City area when two research agencies move there.

The USDA announced plans earlier this month to move the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture closer to farmers and agribusinesses they serve, and many employees have objected to the move from the Washington D.C. area.

USDA researcher Andrew Crane-Droesch tells the Kansas City Star the move is out of the question.

Crane-Droesch says the feeling in the office is a mix of “outrage and resignation” over the move.

He says he doesn’t want to live far from his aging parents on the East Coast, and his wife has better career options in the Washington area. And the couple is in the middle of adopting.

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