MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Officials broke ground on the new Kansas Department of Agriculture building.
The three-story, 50,000 square foot facility will be next to the Kansas State University Institute of Commercialization and the new Bio and Agro-Defense facility.
Officials hope moving the agency's operations from Topeka will boost collaboration on agricultural issues affecting the state.
"The fact that we're going to have personal from the Department of Agriculture that can run and bump into our Agriculture faculty research and extension personnel is going to result in some positive synergies that we're not going to get any other way," said Kirk Schulz, President of Kansas State University.
The Kansas State University Foundation is leasing the building to the department for 20 years.
The move has sparked controversy, since about 150 of the agency's employees will have to relocate, or make the 55-mile commute starting next year.