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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

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

Open Period Closes Aug 19 for Submitting Suggestions for Farm Bill Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

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) 2017 Farm Bill Section 10007 funding consideration closes on August 19, 2016.

Please note that this reminder only concerns the current open period soliciting project suggestions for the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) portion of Section 10007; the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) portion of Section 10007, which will make at least $5 million available for the best NCPN-aligned project suggestions, will announce a separate open period in the near future. Continue reading

APHIS Seeks Suggestions for FY17 Projects Funded by Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites stakeholders to submit suggestions for fiscal year (FY) 2017 projects to implement Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs (PPDMDPP) of the 2014 Farm Bill. There will be $62.5 million available in FY 2017 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

Open dates for suggestions to Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2017 open period for submitting suggestions to implement Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2017 open period will last six weeks from July 11, 2016, through August 19, 2016.  There will be $62.5 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

USDA Awards $16 Million for Research into Sustainable Crop and Livestock Production Methods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today awarded $16.5 million in grants to support research into methods for boosting agriculture productivity and ensuring food security in the face of pests, diseases and a changing climate. In addition, USDA announced that it is seeking applications for the next round of projects, which will focus on pollinator health and plant and animal phenomics. The grants are made available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).   Continue reading

USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces $58.25 Million to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases Through 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This money will support 434 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. Funding will be provided to 50 States plus Guam and Puerto Rico to implement projects suggested by universities, States, Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, non-profits and Tribal organizations. Continue reading