APHIS will accept proposals for FY 2018 NCPN cooperative agreements from July 17, 2017 through October 6, 2017

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. Continue reading

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