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Farm Bill Section 10007 Open Period for Plant Pest and Disease Management Project Suggestions Closes Next Week

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) 2018 Farm Bill Section 10007 funding consideration closes on August 18, 2017.

Under Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill, APHIS is authorized to make available $75 million to support stakeholder project suggestions that best align with the goals and objectives of APHIS’ Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs (PPDMDPP) and National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). APHIS began collecting PPDMDPP-aligned project suggestions from stakeholders beginning on July 10, 2017, and will continue to do so through August 18, 2017.  No additional suggested projects will be accepted for Section 10007 PPDMDPP funding for FY 2018 after August 18.  

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;
  • Conducting targeted plant pest and disease outreach and education; and
  • Enhancing plant pest mitigation and rapid response capabilities.

Please note that this announcement only concerns the current open period soliciting project suggestions for the PPDMDP portion of Section 10007; the NCPN portion of Section 10007, which will make at least $5 million available for the best NCPN-aligned project suggestions, maintains its own separate open period.

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 2018 suggestion submittal and review process should be sent to farmbillsection10007@aphis.usda.gov.

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