The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides funding through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) and the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) Programs under the authority of the Plant Protection Act (PPA) Section 7721.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating more than $70 million ($70.7 million) to support 383 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, to safeguard the nursery production system and to respond to plant pest emergencies. Universities, States, Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, non-profits, and Tribal organizations will carry out selected projects in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Specifically, USDA is providing $48.5 million in funding to support 354 projects under the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Program (PPDMDP) and $7.1 million to support 29 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). Additionally, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will allot $14 million in funding to ensure rapid response to plant pest emergencies that arise through the year, for a total of $69.6 million (before added program costs) dedicated to plant pest and disease management, disaster assistance and the Clean Plant Network in fiscal year 2021.
Through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, APHIS provides funding to strengthen and safeguard the nation’s agricultural infrastructure. In FY 2021, APHIS is allocating $48.5 million to fund 354 projects that expand or enhance pest survey, identification, inspection, mitigation, risk analysis, and public education and outreach. Additionally, approximately $14 million of the funding will be reserved for responding to pest and plant health emergencies throughout the year.
The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) provides high quality asexually propagated plant material tested for targeted plant pathogens and pests to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers. 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. In FY 2021, APHIS is allocating $7.1 million to support 29 NCPN clean plant projects nationally.