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APHIS Announces Open Period Dates for Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill 10007

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting suggestions to implement Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2018 open period will last six weeks from July 10, 2017, through August 18, 2017. There will be $75 million available 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.

More information about the FY 2018 open period will be posted soon on the Farm Bill Web site. APHIS will offer webinars in the coming days to assist anyone who is planning to submit a suggestion. The schedule for the webinars are as follows:

Wednesday, July 5, 3:00 pm eastern time
General Public (Suggestion Help Session)

Thursday, July 6, 11:00 am eastern time
General Public (Suggestion Help Session)

Friday, July 7, 11:00 am eastern time
General Public (Suggestion Help Session)

Tuesday, July 11, 3:00 pm eastern time
General Public (Suggestion Help Session)

Webinar Details:

Join the VISUAL portion at:

July 5


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18

July 6


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18A

July 7


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18B

July 11


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18C

The AUDIO connection information for all the Webinars is the same.

Join the AUDIO portion: Dial Toll-free: +1 (888) 844-9904   Participant code: 7673969

FIRST-TIME USERS of Microsoft Live Meeting

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Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:

  1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:


  1. Copy and paste the required (in bold) information:

Meeting ID:

July 5 – FarmBill_FY18

July 6 – FarmBill_FY18A

July 7 – FarmBill_FY18B

July 11 – FarmBill_FY18C

Location: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usda

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support:


Questions about the FY 2018 open period should be sent to farmbillsection10007@aphis.usda.gov.


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