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USDA Provides $2.1 Million to Massachusetts to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

Plant Protection Act 7721

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Cecilia Sequeira, 301-851-4054 

Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070  

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $2.1 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 more than $70 million in funding this year to support 383 projects in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. USDA provides this funding under the authority of the Plant Protection Act Section 7721.

“Massachusetts has 7,241 farms and its agricultural industry produces more than $475 million in agricultural goods annually. Protecting Massachusetts agricultural industry is critical,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “These projects will help Massachusetts protect its resources and contribute to USDA’s mission of keeping our nation’s agriculture economy strong.”

These funds will support projects covering a range of plant health and pest mitigation activities, including:

  • $326,884 to develop biological control methods to manage the spotted lanternfly;
  • $313,418 for research on spotted lanternfly pheromones;
  • $162,562 for facilitating the use of microsporidian pathogen, Ovavesicula popilliae, for long-term suppression of the Japanese beetle;
  • $153,659 to develop attract-and-kill tools to monitor and manage the khapra beetle;
  • $142,673 to support studies of Queensland longhorned beetle to monitor and control its spread in Hawaii;
  • $130,965 to support an Asian longhorned beetle outreach campaign;
  • $129,800 for risk characterization of Lymantria xylina and L. Mathura through marine translocation; and
  • $128,840 to develop traps for the spotted lanternfly.

Since 2009, USDA has supported nearly 4,400 projects and provided more than $670 million in funding. Collectively, these projects allow USDA and its partners to quickly detect and rapidly respond to invasive plant pests and diseases. These projects also help our country maintain the infrastructure necessary to make sure disease-free, certified planting materials are available to U.S. specialty crop producers. 

As the United States and the world recognize the International Year of Plant Health through June 2021, this funding highlights USDA’s continued commitment to safeguarding our agricultural resources for current and future generations. 

View the fiscal year 2021 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 spending plans on the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service website:



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