The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Wednesday morning.

NBAF leadership, along with a federal delegation will provide remarks during the event, tentatively scheduled to begin around 10:30 a.m. The event is not open to the public.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran spoke to KMAN Tuesday ahead of the milestone achievement.

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Moran will be hosting US Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday, who like Moran, was also at the groundbreaking in 2015. Moran says he anticipates many of the long-awaited industry partners will start locating to the region soon as NBAF’s scientific mission comes online.

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No research is happening at the $1.25 billion facility currently, with officials estimating a timeline of late 2024 at the earliest for that work to begin.