USDA Seeks Applications for Fiscal Year 2016 National Clean Plant Network Cooperative Agreements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007.

APHIS will accept applications for FY 2016 NCPN cooperative agreements from September 9 through November 18, 2015.

The NCPN provides high-quality, propagated plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can cause economic losses to the American specialty crop industry. USDA’s goal is to create an effective, uniform, consistent, efficient, and highly self-sufficient network of clean plant centers serving the needs of specialty crop industry.

Funding will be provided to Land-Grant Universities, Non Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Governments, and Federal Agencies to support implementation and ongoing activities of the NCPN. We anticipate that approximately $5 million will be used to support the National Clean Plant Network program, consistent with the 2014 Farm Bill requirement.

Funding priority will be given to support existing successful NCPN facilities and projects that address a specific specialty crop and that would help develop and maintain a comprehensive, cohesive, and efficient clean plant network. Historically, NCPN funded specialty crops have focused on grapes, fruit trees, citrus, hops, berries, roses, and sweet potatoes. Applicants are encouraged to develop cost sharing plans as part of their applications to foster sustainability.

APHIS will announce all Farm Bill Section 10007 funding in late 2015. Since its inception in 2009, NCPN has provided $29,361,883 to support 103 proposals submitted by 27 entities located in 19 States.

Detailed submission instructions and an explanation of the evaluation process are available on the APHIS Farm Bill Section 10007 website here: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/planthealth/section10007/ncpn

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