North Carolina to Receive $2 Million in USDA Farm Bill Section 10007 Funding

North Carolina to Receive $2 Million in USDA Farm Bill Section 10007 Funding

Funding Supports Local Projects to Protect Agriculture and Plants from Pests and Diseases

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $2 million to North Carolina from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill 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 nearly $70 million in funding this year that will support 494 projects across the country.

“We are pleased to partner with North Carolina to provide critical Farm Bill funds that will put innovative ideas into action and help us overcome our shared invasive pest and disease challenges,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “North Carolina is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture. These projects will enable North Carolina to 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:

  • $662,000 for risk assessments and predictive modeling concerning plant pests and pathogens such as Phytophthora ramorum, invasive mollusks, and fruit flies, among others;
  • $353,00 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for berries, sweet potato, and grapes; 
  • $343,000 for plant pest management and mitigation efforts including biological control of crape myrtle scale and alligator weed using natural predators, systems approach development for coffee berry borer, and antimicrobial treatment development of bacterial plant pathogens;
  • $306,000 to enhance exotic plant pest emergency response by creating New Pest Response Guidelines with University collaborators;
  • $220,000 to develop more rapid and reliable diagnostic tools for all life stages of Anastrepha and other exotic fruit flies; 
  • $44,000 for invasive plant pest outreach and education resource materials; and
  • $39,000 to support plant pest and disease survey activities for Asian defoliators, Phytophthora ramorum, and walnut twig beetle and thousand cankers disease, as well as pests associated with grape and solanaceous commodities.

USDA has funded 1,849 projects with approximately $228 million in Section 10007 funding since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted. Collectively, these projects continue to bolster our country’s safeguarding system while allowing USDA and its partners to quickly detect and rapidly respond to invasive pests and diseases. You can view the FY 2018 spending plans on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Web site at www.aphis.usda.gov/farmbill.

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/pestsdiseases/hungrypests to learn more about invasive plant pests and diseases impacting your area and how you can help.

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