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USDA Provides $2 Million to North Carolina to Support Projects that Protect Agriculture and Natural Resources

Plant Protection Act 7721

Media Contacts:
Cecilia Sequeira, 301-851-4054
K.Cecilia.Sequeira@usda.gov 

Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070
Suzanne.M.Bond@usda.gov  

WASHINGTON, January 5, 2021 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $2.4 million to North Carolina 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.

“North Carolina agriculture and related economic activity contributes more than $92 billion to the State's economy. Protecting North Carolina’s agricultural industry is critical,” said USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach. “These projects, will help North Carolina 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:

  • $437,760 to support the National Clean Plant Network foundation plant stocks for multiple crops;
  • $364,370 to enhance exotic plant pest mitigation and response by developing new pest response guidelines;
  • $301,048 to develop a data-driven and sensor integrated platform for monitoring emerging Phytophthora diseases;
  • $184,929 to support trade route analytic computing and evaluation;
  • $131,989 to manage emerging plant pest and pathogen threats using tangible landscape technology;
  • $131,529 to develop a delimitation survey tool for new pest response teams;
  • $129,290 to develop new predictive modeling approaches to estimate plant pest suitability; and
  • $123,791 to field test a delimiting survey design for mobile insects.

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. They also help our country maintain the infrastructure necessary to ensure 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: www.aphis.usda.gov/ppa-projects.

 

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