The Hill publishes an opinion piece blasting USDA on its proposal to move ERS out of DC.
I don't know who would be the first and second ranked agricultural economics research institution in the world, but it says ERS is number three.
I've some sympathy with one argument for the move: finding a place where living costs are lower and a government salary goes farther.
I remember talking with Keith Townsend, the program specialist in the state of Washington, about moving to DC and his counter arguments. That was before locality-based salaries came into effect, but I strongly suspect the adjustments probably feel inadequate to many.