POST Online Media Lite Edition


USDA provides $66 million protect agriculture and resources from pests and diseases

Staff Writer |
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $66 million to support 407 projects that will strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, and safeguard the nursery production system.

Article continues below

USDA provides funding for these projects under the authority of the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721.

Universities, States, Federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, non-profits, and Tribal organizations located in 49 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Northern Mariana Islands will carry out the projects.

Also included is $6 million for the National Clean Plant Network that will support 26 projects that focus on providing high quality propagated plant material for fruit trees, tropical trees, grapes, berries, citrus, hops, sweet potatoes, and roses free of targeted plant pathogens and pests.

What to read next

USDA farmers market in Washington, D.C. opened bigger than ever
USDA wants to improve healthy food access for low-income Americans
USDA invests more than $8 million to support advanced biofuel