With the U.S. Department of Agriculture expected to relocate up to 700 jobs, U.S. Reps. Vicky Hartzler, Sam Graves and Emanuel Cleaver are pitching the Kansas City area as a destination.
The USDA announced earlier this month that it will shift its Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture away from Washington in a move expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
The department said the move is driven by a desire to retain talent, put staffers closer to farmers and reduce costs.
Hartzler and Graves, both Republicans, and Cleaver, a Democrat, sent a joint letter promoting Kansas City’s low-cost environment, central location and proximity to land-grant universities.
Hartzler said average pay for the Economic Research Service jobs is $120,000 and annual wages for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture jobs range from $110,000 to $190,000.
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