Through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, APHIS provides funding to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, while working to safeguard the nursery production system.
Through the National Clean Plant Network, APHIS provides funding to university and government facilities that develop, maintain, and provide clean foundation stock for select specialty crops. This program helps to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers.
The FY 2019 open period will last seven weeks from July 2, 2018, through August 17, 2018. There will be $75 million available with at least $5 million going to NCPN. The FY 2019 open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.
In Fiscal Year 2018, APHIS provided $6,050,000 to support 28 projects in 18 States. The NCPN Governing Board, which is comprised of USDA representatives and National Plant Board members, recommended projects for funding. Priority was given to projects that support existing facilities with established capabilities for maintaining and providing nuclear or foundation stock and for conducting diagnostics and different therapeutic treatments.