WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $1.6 million to New York as part of its effort to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the 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.
“New York has more than 33,000 farms—about 7 million acres of farmland. It grows 40 varieties of apples—more than any other State. Protecting New York’s agricultural industry is critical,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “These projects will help New York protect its resources and contribute to USDA’s mission of keeping our nation’s agriculture economy strong.”
These funds will support projects covering a range of plant health and pest mitigation activities, including:
- $328,728 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for grapes;
- $270,000 to conduct a stone fruit commodity survey;
- $190,704 to develop an inspection program for rail cars and commodities shipped by rail to prevent plant pests from entering the State;
- $141,735 for deregulation and enhanced regulatory activities needed to manage golden nematode (Globodera rostochiensis);
- $139,596 to conduct National Plant Diagnostic Network and State Diagnostician Preparedness training; and
- $100,000 for grape commodity pest survey activity.
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: www.aphis.usda.gov/ppa-projects.
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