USDA Invests in Integrated Pest Management for Increased Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced grants to bring safer, more effective pest management approaches to farms and communities.

“Insects, weeds, and diseases are ever-evolving challenges for U.S. agriculture,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “NIFA is making investments to develop sound scientific approaches to increase production and provide continued food security in the face of these threats.”  Continue reading

Proposed “Crop Protection Program” joins six funding lines

The President’s FY2013 budget for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (released Feb. 13, 2012) proposes consolidation of six IPM-related funding lines into a single line called the “Crop Protection Program.” This new program, to be administered under Integrated Activities, is designed to enhance NIFA’s ability to support research, education, and extension activities needed to ensure global food security and respond to other major societal challenges.

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