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USDA Provides $2.2 Million to New York to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Abbey Powell, 301-851-4054
Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $2.2 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 $66 million in funding this year to support 407 projects in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands. USDA provides this funding under the authority of the Plant Protection Act Section 7721.

“New York is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “With this funding, New York will be able to better protect its own resources, and, in doing so, contribute to USDA’s mission of keeping our nation’s agriculture economy healthy and strong.”

These funds will support projects covering a range of plant health and pest mitigation activities, including the following:

  • $470,000 in support of spotted lanternfly detection and prevention;
  • $275,000 to conduct a stone fruit commodity survey in the State;
  • $215,500 to support the effort to reinstate apple tree certification in New York;
  • $150,000 to explore new initiatives to reduce the importation of exotic forest pests;
  • $149,608 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for grapes;
  • $141,725 for the deregulation and enhanced regulatory activities needed to manage golden nematode (Globodera rostochiensis) in New York;
  • $126,699 to conduct National Plant Diagnostic Network and State Diagnostician Preparedness Training;
  • $125,000 for grape commodity pest survey activity;
  • $117,624 to support plant diagnostic laboratory accreditation trainings on quality management and use of external auditors; and
  • $111,346 for building and train an active first detector community to support invasive pest identification.
Since 2009, USDA has supported 2,346 projects and provided approximately $293.5 million in funding under the Plant Protection Act. Collectively, these projects allow USDA and its partners to quickly detect and rapidly respond to invasive pests and diseases. They also help our country maintain the infrastructure necessary to make sure that disease-free, certified planting materials are available to U.S. specialty crop producers.

You can view the FY 2019 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 spending plans on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Web site at www.aphis.usda.gov/ppa-projects.

APHIS created the Hungry Pests public outreach program to empower Americans with the knowledge they need to leave these "hungry pests" behind. Visit www.aphis.usda.gov/hungrypests to learn more about invasive plant pests and diseases impacting your area and how you can help.

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