WASHINGTON, D.C., August 1, 2019 - The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) invites stakeholders to submit project proposals for fiscal year (FY) 2020 to implement the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) program of the Plant Protection Act, Section 7721. APHIS has $5,000,000 in funding to support the projects with priority given to proposals that focus on specialty crops.
The open period will last for 12 weeks starting August 1, 2019, through October 18, 2019. USDA encourages stakeholders interested in learning more about the NCPN program to visit our website.
The NCPN provides high quality propagative plant material free of plant pathogens to help U.S. specialty crop growers compete in the global market. NCPN program priorities include:
Funding is available for land-grant universities, non-land-grant colleges of agriculture, state agricultural experiment stations, and State and Federal agencies. Proposals focused on specialty crops have funding priority.
This program is included in the USDA Implementation Plan for Section 7721 of the Plant Protection Act and aligns with the activities conducted under the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.