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Union says large-scale worker exodus likely as USDA moves agencies across country

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USDA workers turn backs on PerdueAn overwhelming number of US Department of Agriculture employees who have been reassigned from Washington, DC, to the greater Kansas City area may instead leave the department, according to surveys conducted by the union representing them.

Such losses among the more than 540 USDA research employees affected by the reassignment could result in a drain of institutional knowledge and talent at two agencies that either fund agricultural research across the nation or produce crucial reports, including data on agricultural markets, as well as 10-year projections for the farm sector and estimates of US and international agricultural productivity.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and the department have argued that the move will lower living costs, save taxpayer dollars and move the agencies closer to "stakeholders." But many employees at the two affected agencies, the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, view the change as politically driven and a way to disrupt climate research and other work with which their bosses disagree by pushing out experienced personnel.

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