The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) says a newly released National Research Council report requested by Congress uncovered “several major shortcomings” in a U.S. Department of Homeland Security risk assessment associated with locating the proposed National Bio and Agro Defense Facility in Kansas. According to a U.S. Cattlemen’s Association Nov. 18 press release, Congress requested that the Department of Homeland Security produce a site-specific biosafety and biosecurity risk assessment of the proposed National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, and subsequently asked the National Research Council to review the validity of the Homeland Security study while withholding funds for construction of the facility until the studies were completed. . . .