APHIS Seeks Suggestions for Fiscal Year 2016 Projects to be Funded by Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites stakeholders to submit suggestions for fiscal year (FY) 2016 projects to implement Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs (PPDMDPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill. There will be $62.5 million available in FY 2016 with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.

Project suggestions should align with one of the PPDMDPP goal areas:

  • Enhancing plant pest and disease analysis and survey;
  • Targeting domestic inspection activities at vulnerable points in the safeguarding continuum;
  • Enhancing and strengthening pest identification and technology;
  • Safeguarding nursery production;
  • Enhancing mitigation capabilities; and
  • Conducting outreach and education to support these goals.

APHIS will accept suggestions for FY 2016 projects from August 3, 2015 through September 14, 2015.

Detailed submission instructions and an explanation of the evaluation process are available on the APHIS Farm Bill Section 10007 Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/farmbill. The Help Session Webinar schedule is also available on the Web site. The webinars are provided to assist anyone who is planning on submitting a suggestion. Questions about the FY 2016 suggestion submittal and review process should be sent to farmbillsection10007@aphis.usda.gov.

Restoring Expired Metastorm Passwords

If you submitted a suggestion during the FY 2015 open period and your account is not linked to eAuthentication, we will automatically restore your expired password for a 10-day period. Starting on August 4, 2015, you will receive an email asking you to reset your password. Please log into Metastorm during that 10-day period using your old password and reset it. Stakeholders who did not submit a suggestion in FY 2015 or who forgot their password should contact the APHIS Technical Assistance Center Help Desk at 877-944-8457 or send an email to aphisremedy@aphis.usda.gov to request help with resetting their passwords.

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