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USDA Reminds Stakeholders to Submit PPA-7721 Suggestions

Fiscal year (FY) 2021 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 (PPA 7721) Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program is in the last week of our open period.  The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program is organized into six strategic goal areas under which projects are evaluated and funded. The FY 21 Implementation Plan provides goal area guidance, with specific objectives to assist those who wish to submit a suggestion regarding the following strategic goal areas:

  • Enhancing plant pest/disease analysis and survey
  • Targeting domestic inspection activities at vulnerable points in the safeguarding continuum
  • Enhancing and strengthening pest identification and technology
  • Safeguarding nursery production
  • Conducting targeted outreach and education
  • Enhancing mitigation and rapid response capabilities

The open period for submitting suggestions for Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program closes onAugust 21, 2020 at midnight Hawaii Standard Time. Visit www.aphis.usda.gov/ppa-projects to get resources and guidance for potential cooperators, including the FY 21 Implementation Plan, templates, help session webinar recording, frequently asked questions and more.

The open period to apply for National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) program funding will last through October 9, 2020. USDA encourages stakeholders interested in learning more about the NCPN program to visit our website. 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:

  • Promoting the introduction, diagnosis, treatment, establishment and release of clean plant materials for commercial development;
  • Conducting methods development to test and advance therapies designed to ensure plant material is healthy and clean;
  • Developing partnerships with university extension offices, state departments of agriculture, and other entities to interact with commercial nurseries, industry associations and producers; and
  • Developing and implementing best practices and quality control protocols or growing high quality propagative plant material.

Please subscribe to the Plant Protection Act 7721 topic in the APHIS Stakeholder Registry to receive email updates.


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