USDA Awards $9.4 Million for Safer, More Effective Pest Management

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Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities. The awards are made through NIFA's Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CPPM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.

NIFA's CPPM and IPM investments are made through several programs. The Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP), which invests in high priority pest management projects that encourage adoption and implementation of new IPM technologies. The Promoting IPM in Affordable Housing grant provides IPM technical assistance services and training sessions to public housing authorities and other housing providers. The Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) program helps to discover and implement practical and environmentally friendly pest management alternatives to transition from this older pesticide. The National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) is a nationwide group of diagnostic laboratories that collaborate on early detection, identification and reporting of plant disease pathogens, especially those that may be biosecurity risks.

2016 ARDP recipients include:

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $324,517
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $324,615
  • Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $324,880
  • Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont., $325,000
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $324,856
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $189,273
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $324,979
  • North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $199,590
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $215,460
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Penn., $325,000
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas, $289,281
  • University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vt., $324,560
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $324,983
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $323,491

Project details can be found on the NIFA website.

2016 Promoting IPM in Affordable Housing recipient is:

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $363,636

Project details can be found on the NIFA website.

2016 Methyl Bromide Transition recipients include:

  • The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif., $497,965
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $472,506
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $499,999
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $418,313

Project details can be found on the NIFA website.

2016 National Plant Diagnostic Network recipients include:

  • University of California, Davis, Calif., $539,983
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $539,983
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $207,135
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $539,983
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. $587,543
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $616,033

Project details can be found on the NIFA website.