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U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA Provides $1.4 Million to Pennsylvania 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 $1.4 million to Pennsylvania 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.

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

  • $354,321 for spotted lanternfly (SLF) outreach and education to raise public awareness about the pest in the State;
  • $145,000 to support the Sentinel Plant Network, which contributes to plant conservation nationwide by engaging public garden professionals, volunteers, and visitors in the detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests and pathogens;
  • $120,044 for mathematical modeling of SLF population dynamics to aid in spread prediction and control optimization;
  • $110,633 to expand the State’s SLF Compliance and Enforcement Team’s inspection capabilities to include canines;
  • $91,518 to examine the population dynamics of SLF;
  • $90,000 to support orchard surveys in the State;
  • $89,177 to develop predictive models on the impact of landscape management practices on bee pathogen levels

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 2020 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 spending plans on the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Website at www.aphis.usda.gov/ppa-projects.



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