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

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.   Continue reading

USDA Seeks Applications for Fiscal Year 2017 National Clean Plant Network Cooperative Agreements

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007.

APHIS will accept applications for FY 2017 NCPN cooperative agreements from August 17, 2016 through October 26, 2016. 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

Clean Plants for the Future of the Eastern Wine and Grape Industry: webinar series

Since 2008, National Clean Plant Network Centers have joined together to efficiently produce, maintain, and distribute healthy grapevine budwood to the industry.  These materials are starting to make their way to nurseries, and ultimately, to end-users.  This four-part webinar series will cover the process of producing and distributing virus-tested plant material, graft-transmissible diseases and their impact, New York State’s new testing and certification program, and New York nurseries’ investment in new motherblocks and propagation procedures. All are Thursdays at noon. Continue reading

USDA Seeks Applications for Fiscal Year 2016 National Clean Plant Network Cooperative Agreements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) projects under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007.

APHIS will accept applications for FY 2016 NCPN cooperative agreements from September 9 through November 18, 2015.

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