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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Provides $1.6 Million to New York 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 $1.6 million to New York 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 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.

“New York is a critical partner in protecting U.S. agriculture,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “Through these projects, New York 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:

  • $275,000 to conduct a stone fruit commodity survey;
  • $253,147 to respond to the emerald ash borer plant health emergency on the St. Regis Mohawk territory;
  • $192,310 to develop management tactics to limit the spread of European cherry fruit fly;
  • $175,000 to reinstate apple tree certification in the State;
  • $143,963 to conduct National Plant Diagnostic Network and State Diagnostician Preparedness Training;
  • $141,725 for deregulation and enhanced regulatory activities needed to manage golden nematode (Globodera rostochiensis);
  • $128,728 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for grapes;
  • $100,000 for grape commodity pest survey activity;

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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