Gov. Brownback Sides With Ag-Departments Plans To Leave Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__Governor Sam Brownback said he feels the hub of agriculture in the sunflower state is and should be located in Manhattan, Kansas.

The Agriculture Department's move would mean more than 150 workers would relocate from the Mills building in downtown Topeka to Manhattan, with about ten employees remaining in the capital city.

The Governor says it's a logical move, but Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley is concerned for Topeka jobs.

Brownback said, "The center for agriculture is in Manhattan and the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility is going in there and the number of Ag-agencies that are located in Manhattan make it a powerful fit.

Senator Hensley disagreed, saying, "It's unfortunate it has to happen this way. It leaves a lot of families in lurch with what they are going to do. Whether they are going to commute to Manhattan or re-locate in the Manhattan community.

Communications Director Mary Geiger says ground breaking on the Ag-Department's new building in Manhattan is scheduled for early summer and should be finished by June 2014.