Farm Bill - Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program - Farm Bill

The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program has strengthened APHIS’ ability to protect U.S. agriculture and natural resources from foreign plant pest threats by funding projects that expand or enhance pest survey, identification, inspection, mitigation, risk analysis, and public education and outreach.

Fiscal Year 2018 Information

The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) helps APHIS improve its ability to rapidly respond to and detect dangerous invasive species. In Fiscal Year 2018, APHIS is providing $63,550,000 in Farm Bill Section 10007 funds to support PPDMDPP projects in 49 states, Guam and Puerto Rico.

The funded projects are organized around six goal areas representing critical needs or unexplored opportunities to strengthen, prevent, detect and mitigate invasive pests and diseases. The six goal areas are:

  • Enhancing plant pest/disease analysis and survey
  • Targeting domestic inspection activities at vulnerable points in the safeguarding continuum
  • Enhancing and strengthening pest identification and technology
  • Safeguarding nursery production
  • Enhancing mitigation and rapid response capabilities
  • Conducting targeted outreach and education

APHIS developed these goals in coordination with the National Plant Board, the Specialty Crops Farm Bill Alliance, and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

APHIS solicited project suggestions from States and U.S. Territories, universities, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private companies and Tribal organizations. This year, APHIS received 791 project suggestion submissions. After a comprehensive review process conducted by representatives from fellow USDA agencies, State partners and external stakeholders, we are pleased to announce that we will fund 466 suggestions.

Fiscal Year 2018 project highlights:

  • Asian Defoliating Moth Survey and Response: $1,700,370 for 14 states;
  • Coconut rhinoceros beetle: $2,323,880 to respond to infestations in Hawaii and Guam;
  • Invasive pest and weed control on Tribal lands: $518,494 for five projects to support Tribal outreach and education initiatives and projects to mitigate and control invasive pests and noxious weeds on Tribal lands;
  • Phytophthora ramorum and related species: $1,772,429 in 16 states and nationally for survey, diagnostics, mitigation, probability modeling, genetic analysis, and outreach;
  • Giant African land snail: $1,643,151 to support ongoing eradication efforts in Florida;
  • Agriculture Detector Dog Teams: $4,835,000 to programs in California and Florida to enhance inspections and efficiently move products;
  • Grapes: $851,184 to enhance surveys for grape commodity pests and diseases in 18 states and harmonize Grapevine Nursery Stock Certification Programs;
  • Palm Commodity Survey: $340,000 in 6 states;
  • Forest pest outreach: $729,615 in 17 states for forest pest outreach, education, and emergency preparedness;
  • Citrus: $1,337,685 in support of citrus producing states to survey, develop diagnostic tools, and conduct rapid response for viruses related to Citrus Leprosis;
  • Florida and California; each have 25 projects funded, with $5,963,926 to Florida and $13,000,880 to California; and
  • Plant Pest Rapid Response: $14,238,558 will be used for potential invasive pest emergencies such as Asian Gypsy Moth, European Cherry Fruit Fly, Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, Exotic Fruit Flies, Spotted Lanternfly, or the detection of any newly introduced, exotic pest that is of high economic consequence anywhere in the United States or U.S. Territories.

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