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USDA Provides $2.5 Million to Oregon 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 $2.5 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 $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.

“Oregon is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “With this funding, Oregon 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:

  • $587,178 for gypsy moth response activities;
  • $250,000 for Asian defoliating moth survey;
  • $210,825 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for berries;
  • $196,438 to conduct population focused genetic analysis of Phytophthora ramorum to evaluate the plant pathogen’s risk of spread from forests to nurseries;
  • $150,000 to support an evaluative, collaborative, and strategic approach to the “Don’t Pack a Pest Campaign” targeting university students and faculty traveling internationally;
  • $139,235 to assess high risk viruses circulating in the U.S. caneberry nursery production system;
  • $112,736 for the development of rapid diagnostic tools to detect the four lineages of Phytophthora ramorum in nurseries;
  • $100,000 for a survey of exotic plant diseases in orchards within the State;
  • $98,556 to develop Phasmarhabditis hermaphrodita (Nematoda) as a biological control agent of invasive gastropods in Oregon; and
  • $92,776 to support the identification of germplasm with resistance to potato cyst nematodes.
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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