Last week, APHIS announced it is allocating $57,762,405 from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for invasive pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, and to safeguard the nursery production system. Funding will support projects that prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and ensure the availability of a healthy supply of clean plant stock in the United States.
The 2014 Farm Bill Section 10007 authorizes $62.5 million per year through Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and $75 million per year in FY 2018 and beyond. These funds were reduced by sequestration. At least $5 million of this funding must go to the National Clean Plant Network each year.
This money will support 513 projects provided to partners in 53 States, territories, and the District of Columbia. These projects are critical in preventing the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment. By working with States, Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, universities, non-profits and Tribal organizations, APHIS can leverage and extend its ability to protect, detect, and respond to plant pests and diseases with projects identified at both local and regional levels.
You can view the FY 2017 spending plans for Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill on the APHIS Web site at www.aphis.usda.gov/farmbill. Included is the $53,187,500 spending plan for Section 10007’s Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program projects and the $4,574,905 spending plan for Section 10007’s National Clean Plant Network projects.