The open period for stakeholders to submit project suggestions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Farm Bill Section 10007 funding consideration closes on August 19, 2016.
Please note that this reminder only concerns the current open period soliciting project suggestions for the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) portion of Section 10007; the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) portion of Section 10007, which will make at least $5 million available for the best NCPN-aligned project suggestions, will announce a separate open period in the near future.
Under Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill, APHIS is authorized to make available $62.5 million to support stakeholder project suggestions that best align with the goals and objectives of the PPDMDPP and NCPN. APHIS began collecting PPDMDPP-aligned project suggestions from stakeholders beginning on July 11, 2016, and will continue to do so through August 19, 2016. No additional suggested projects will be accepted after August 19 for FY 2017 PPDMDPP funding.
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.
Detailed submission instructions, including guidance on accessing the Farm Bill Suggestion Submission System to submit a suggestion, and an explanation of the suggestion evaluation process are available on the APHIS Farm Bill Section 10007 Web site at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/farmbill. Questions about the FY 2017 suggestion submittal and review process should be sent to email@example.com.