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USDA Provides $1.8 Million to Massachusetts to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $1.8 million to Massachusetts from Section 7721 of the Plant Protection Act 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 almost $70 million in funding this year to support 386 projects in 48 States, The District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. USDA provides this funding under the authority of the Plant Protection Act Section 7721.

“Massachusetts is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “Through these projects, Massachusetts will be able to better protect its own resources, and, 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:

  • $453,729 for research on spotted lanternfly (SLF) pheromones;
  • $296,920 to develop biological control methods for the management of SLF;
  • $149,836 to develop attract-and-kill tools to monitor and manage the khapra beetle;
  • $135,700 to identify effective treatments for SLF control;
  • $125,371 for risk characterization of Lymantria xylina and L. Mathura through marine translocation;
  • $121,147 for facilitating the use of microsporidian pathogen, Ovavesicula popilliae, for long-term suppression of Japanese beetle;
  • $111,948 to evaluate the efficacy and persistence of systemic insecticide products applied with different methods for hemlock woolly adelgid control

Since 2009, USDA has supported more than 4,000 projects and provided nearly $600 million in funding through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program. 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.

As the United States and the world celebrate the International Year of Plant Health in 2020, this funding highlights USDA’s continued commitment to safeguarding our agricultural resources for current and future generations.

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.



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