$17.5 million for wetland restoration partnerships

On Monday, June 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $17.5 million for wetland restoration partnerships with state and local governments, Indian tribes, and non-profit organizations in fiscal year 2015. Proposals must be submitted to NRCS state offices by July 31, 2015.

Projects will be funded through the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), which is a component of the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP).

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Quarantine area established for in Puerto Rico for Mediterranean fruit fly

As of May 13, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a new Mediterranean fruit fly regulated area in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, after Mediterranean fruit flies were caught in detection traps.

This is the first APHIS quarantine and eradication program for this exotic fruit fly in Puerto Rico. APHIS and the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture (PRDA) are working together to inform residents and enforce the new quarantine area.

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