The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program has strengthened APHIS’ ability to protect U.S. agriculture and natural resources from foreign plant pest threats by funding projects that expand or enhance pest survey, identification, inspection, mitigation, risk analysis, and public education and outreach.
The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) helps APHIS improve its ability to rapidly respond to and detect dangerous invasive species. In FY 2017, APHIS is providing $53,187,500 in Farm Bill
Section 10007 funds to support PPDMDPP projects in 53 States, Territories, and the District of Columbia.
The funded projects are organized around six goal areas representing critical needs or unexplored opportunities to strengthen, prevent, detect and mitigate invasive pests and diseases. The six goal areas are:
APHIS developed these goals in coordination with the National Plant Board, the Specialty Crops Farm Bill Alliance, and USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and U.S. Forest Service.
APHIS solicited project suggestions from States and U.S. Territories, universities, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private companies and Tribal organizations. This year, APHIS received 725 project suggestion submissions. After a comprehensive review process conducted by representatives from fellow USDA agencies, State partners and external stakeholders, we are pleased to announce that we will fund 483 suggestions (67% of suggestions received).