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New York to Receive $2 Million in USDA Farm Bill Section 10007 Funding

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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 New York 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 New York 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.  “New York is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture. These projects will enable New York 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:

  • $514,000 for pest and disease survey activities for grape, stone fruit, and orchard commodities, as well as Phytophthora ramorum;
  • $481,000 to safeguard the seed potato industry from potato-borne plant pathogens;
  • $257,000 for plant pest and disease diagnostic training and quality improvement efforts;
  • $241,000 to manage and mitigate plant pests including parasitoid use as a biological control for emerald ash borer, golden nematode deregulation, and new technologies to address hemlock decline;
  • $194,000 to reinstate apple tree certification in New York;
  • $146,00 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for grapes; 
  • $106,000 to support raised awareness among plant pest first detectors and educators, as well as outreach and informational resource support for honey bee health first responders; and
  • $76,000 to improve Asian Longhorned beetle detection.

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

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

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