Elected officials promote KC as destination for 700 USDA jobs

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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