USDA Provides Almost $70 Million in Fiscal Year 2018 to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases through the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating almost $70 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support 494 projects in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. These projects prevent the introduction or spread of invasive plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment, as well as ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.

“Through the Farm Bill Section 10007, the USDA strengthens our nation’s ability to safeguard U.S. specialty crops, agriculture, and natural resources by putting innovative ideas into action,” said Under Secretary Ibach. “Getting these funds into the hands of our cooperators around the country helps us to keep U.S. plants, crops, and forests safe from invasive pests and diseases, enhances the marketability of our country’s products, and makes American agriculture and natural resources thrive.” Continue reading

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Exploratory Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded grants to support the initial development of innovative ideas in agriculture and food production through the Exploratory Research Grants (ERG) program. Funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The ERG program fosters the creation of transformative innovations that address plant and animal health and production, food safety and nutrition, bioenergy, natural resources and environment, agriculture systems, technology, agricultural economics and rural communities. AFRI is America’s flagship competitive grants program for foundational and translational research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. Continue reading

USDA Invests in Research on Next Generation of Agricultural Technology

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced 17 grants for research on the next generation of agricultural technologies and systems to meet the growing demand for food, fuel, and fiber. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“Technology is front and center in agricultural production,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA is investing in research on precision and smart technologies to maximize production efficiencies, including water and fertilizer use, and to produce nutritious food, new biofuels, and bioproducts.” Continue reading

APHIS Holds Webinars to Help Tribal Nations Interested in Seeking Farm Bill Section 10007 Funding to Support Plant Pest and Disease Management Projects

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting funding suggestions to the 2014 Farm Bill began on July 10, 2017, and will continue until August 18, 2017. The United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold two help sessions in July for our Tribal Partners who want to know more about submitting suggestions. Both ‘Suggestion Help Session’ webinars will give you details for submitting suggestions to implement activities under the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program of the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

House Ag Committee Announces Farm Bill Listening Session

“The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” a committee listening session, will take place in Gainesville, Florida on June 24.

Ahead of the next farm bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson announced the first of several committee activities across the country intended to stimulate conversation and gather input from farmers, ranchers, and stakeholders. Upon announcement of the listening session, the chairman and ranking member stated they are looking forward to these events, and to help them get a better idea of how these programs are actually working, which will be beneficial as they look to potential changes in the next bill. They encourage farmers, ranchers, and other stakeholders to join them.

A specific location for the session has not been announced, but if you want to attend and need more information, look at the House Committee on Agriculture Press Release site for more information.

USDA Invests $13.6 Million in Citrus Greening Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

“The economic impact of citrus greening disease is measured in the billions,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA investments in research are critical measures to help the citrus industry survive and thrive, and to encourage growers to replant with confidence.”  Continue reading