WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $1.2 million to Oregon as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the U.S. nursery production system. Overall, USDA is providing more than $70 million in funding this year to support 383 projects in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. USDA provides this funding under the authority of the Plant Protection Act Section 7721.
“Oregon has more than 37,000 farms and ranches and more than 15 million acres of farmland. Protecting Oregon’s agricultural industry is critical,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “These projects will help Oregon protect its resources and contribute to USDA’s mission of keeping our nation’s agricultural economy strong.”
These funds will support projects covering a range of plant health and pest mitigation activities, including:
- $235,000 for Asian defoliating moth survey;
- $246,669 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for berries;
- $177,944 to support an evaluative, collaborative, and strategic approach to the “Don’t Pack a Pest Campaign” targeting university students and faculty traveling internationally;
- $156,884 to survey certified prunus nurseries for the causal agents of little cherry disease;
- $152,429 to develop nematodes in the genus Phasmarhabditis as biological control agents of invasive gastropods;
- $95,121 to safeguard grapevine nurseries from introduced pathogens; and
- $70,000 to support nursery surveys.
Since 2009, USDA has supported nearly 4,400 projects and provided more than $670 million in funding. Collectively, these projects allow USDA and its partners to quickly detect and rapidly respond to invasive plant pests and diseases. They also help our country maintain the infrastructure necessary to ensure disease-free, certified planting materials are available to U.S. specialty crop producers.
As the United States and the world recognize the International Year of Plant Health through June 2021, this funding highlights USDA’s continued commitment to safeguarding our agricultural resources for current and future generations.
View the fiscal year 2021 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 spending plans on the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website at www.aphis.usda.gov/ppa-projects.
— USDA APHIS
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