The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is charged with implementing Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment. Under Section 10007, 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. Section 10007 includes the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program and the National Clean Plant Network.
Fiscal Year 2016 Announcements
Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs
The Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention has strengthened the ability to protect U.S. agriculture and natural resources from foreign plant pest threats in areas such as pest survey, identification, inspection, mitigation, risk analysis, and public education and outreach. APHIS invited stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program under the 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007. Suggestions for FY 2016 were due on September 14, 2015.
National Clean Plant Network
The Agricultural Act of 2014 is important legislation that provides authorization for services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. The new Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.
2014 Farm Bill, Section 10007: Consolidation of Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs
This provision combines the legislative language for the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) with the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (2008 Farm Bill Section 10201) in the Plant Protection Act. It authorizes permanent funding for both programs, giving $62.5 million per year in Commodity Credit Corporation funding from FY 2014-FY2017 and $75 million per year in FY 2018 and beyond. At least $5 million must go to NCPN annually.