APHIS Provides $57.8 Million in Fiscal Year 2017 to Protect Agriculture through the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is allocating $57,762,405 from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for invasive pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the nursery production system. Funding will support projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.

The 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007 authorizes $62.5 million per year through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and $75 million per year in FY 2018 and beyond. These funds were reduced by sequestration. At least $5 million of this funding must go to the National Clean Plant Network each year. Continue reading

NIFA Announces $5 Million in Funding for Food, Energy, and Water Systems Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of up to $5 million in funding for research to better understand how food, energy and water systems interact, and how they can be sustained. This funding is made available through Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a federal research partnership between NIFA and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

“Our food, energy and water systems are taxed by numerous challenges, from climate change to food waste, to disconnected policies on food management, water planning and energy production,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The solution to these problems starts with research partnerships that will lead to better technologies, policies and public education.”   Continue reading

EPA Seeks Nominations for Environmental Champions

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes and honors environmental trailblazers – individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health. EPA is seeking nominations of environmental stewards within its region covering New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations who have gone above and beyond for environmental change in local communities. Winners will be honored with this annual award at a ceremony in the Spring of 2017 at EPA’s regional office in Manhattan. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Champion Awards until February 3, 2017.

“EPA’s prestigious Environmental Champion Award recognizes the hard work, vision and courage exhibited by local leaders who are committed to environmental protection. Everyone is encouraged to nominate people who are stellar leaders in this arena,” said EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Catherine McCabe. Continue reading

Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Food Safety Outreach Program

A Federal Register Notice entitled “Solicitation of Input From Stakeholders Regarding the Food Safety Outreach Program” was recently published in the Federal Register on December 12, 2016.

As part of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) strategy to successfully expand the Food Safety Outreach Program, NIFA will host a virtual listening session. The focus of the listening session is to gather stakeholder input to develop the priorities for the Request for Applications (RFA) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. NIFA is particularly interested in reaching the intended audience, achieving the most impact, and identifying suggested priorities in the third year of the Food Safety Outreach Program.

The comment period ends on January 31, 2017.