Farmers Skeptical of Safety of National Bio-Lab

By: AP
By: AP

SALINA, Kan. (AP) _ Some cattlemen say they still aren't convinced that the new National Bio and Agro-defense Facility at Kansas State will be safe.

Fred Cholick, dean of agriculture at Kansas State, told the Kansas Cattlemen's Convention in Salina Friday that he was comfortable with the security at the new lab, which is expected to open in five or six years.

But members of the cattleman's group, based in Junction City, say they are still concerned that a lab where research includes many of the most deadly diseases for animals will be safe.

They questioned Cholick about the possibility that such diseases as foot-and-mouth could somehow pass from the lab and contaminate herds. Cholick says the site has been verified to be withstand an F-5 tornado.

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