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USDA Provides $5 Million to Texas to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

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WASHINGTON, March 2, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $5 million to Texas 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.

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

  • $1,167,022 for critical entry point monitoring for the pests of biosecurity concern;
  • $491,845 to develop diagnostic tools for all life stages of Anastrepha and other fruit fly pests
  • $490,422 to improve identification of exotic fruit flies in the genus Bactrocera.
  • $364,408 to provide a treatment for Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infections in trees which will aid the citrus industry in the recovery from the devastation of Huanglongbing.
  • $215,626 to support National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for citrus and roses;
  • $217,331 for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)-based diagnostic tools for the rapid identification of the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis);
  • $199,945 for reducing the radiation dose in Mexican fruit fly sterile insect technique;
  • $199,400 for validating a rapid molecular identification pipeline for bulk insect surveys;

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.

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