USDA has narrowed the list of locations still in consideration for the relocation of two agencies to 67 bids, including four from Missouri. Three proposals involving the Kansas City Metro and a fourth involving Saint Louis are still in the mix for the Department’s proposed relocation of the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Secretary Sonny Perdue says relocating the two agencies outside Washington would allow the department to be closer to its stakeholders and move resources closer to them. USDA initially received 136 bids from 35 states and applied a set of guiding principles to narrow their list, including travel requirements, labor force statistics, and work hours most compatible with other USDA office schedules. Perdue hopes to announce the final destination later this year, but resistance is expected from several lawmakers and research organizations concerned that moving the offices out of Washington will dilute the agencies’ effectiveness.