U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks Wednesday, May 24, 2023, during an official dedication and ribbon-cutting for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a new $1.25-billion federal animal disease lab in Manhattan. “This was the right place,” Vilsack said. “This is a state that understands, appreciates and respects agriculture, and that’s the kind of state that should have a facility like this, because I’m confident you’ll make sure every single day this facility does its job for American farmers, ranchers and producers, and for all of our great country.”