USDA Designates $58.25 Million for Plant Pests, Disease

Kelly Marshall

USDAThe USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will be designating $58.25 million from the 2014 farm bill to fund 434 projects that will help protect U.S. crops from plant pests and diseases.

“Through the Farm Bill we are working with our partners and stakeholders to not only ensure the global competitiveness of our specialty crop producers but to fight back against the destruction caused by invasive pests,” said Vilsack. “The projects and centers funded through this effort are helping to develop and put in place the strategies, methods and treatments that safeguard our crops, plants, and natural resources from invasive threats.”

Already the APHIS has funded more than 1,200 projects that have made it possible to quickly detect and respond to invasive species, such as the old world bollworm, bark beetle and spotted lanternfly, among many others.

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