USDA APHIS | USDA provides more than $70 million to protect crops and natural resources from invasive pests and diseases in 2022

Cecilia Sequeira, 301-851-4054
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Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070
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WASHINGTON, February 08, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating more than $70 million to support 372 projects under the Plant Protection Act Section 7721 program to strengthen infrastructure national pest detection and monitoring, threat identification and mitigation; safeguard the nursery production system; and to respond to phytosanitary emergencies. Universities, states, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, and tribal organizations will carry out selected projects in 49 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

“With these funds, state governments, universities, tribal organizations and other essential collaborators across the country are protecting our agriculture, natural resources and food security, while expanding and protecting export opportunities for American growers,” said Jenny Moffitt, USDA’s undersecretary for marketing. and regulatory programs.

Of the 372 projects funded in fiscal year 2022, 28 projects are funded by the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The NCPN helps our country maintain the infrastructure necessary to ensure that certified planting material free of pathogens, diseases, and pests is available to U.S. specialty crop growers who grow fruit trees, grapes, berries , hops, sweet potatoes and roses.

Since 2009, the USDA has supported more than 4,800 projects and provided nearly $740 million in funding through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program. Collectively, these projects enable the USDA and its partners to quickly detect and respond quickly to invasive plant pests and diseases.

Projects funded this year include:

  • Asian Giant Hornet Search and Eradication Efforts: $898,974 to Washington and other states;
  • Investigation and detection of exotic fruit flies: $5,742,671 in Florida and California;
  • Agricultural Plant Pest Detector Dog Teams: $5,887,418 to programs in California, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and nationally to support the training and maintenance of detector dog teams for the detection of domestic pests;
  • Honey Bee and Pollinator Health: $1,549,122 to protect honey bees, bumblebees and other important pollinators from harmful pests;
  • Stone fruit and orchard products: $883,154 to support pest detection surveys in seven states, including Colorado and Pennsylvania;
  • Forest Pests: $1,179,053 for various detection tools, development of control methods, or education to protect forests from harmful pests in 19 states, including Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina ;
  • Phytophthora ramorum (sudden oak death pathogen) and related species: $428,340 in 16 states including Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and nationally for the investigation, the diagnostics, mitigation, probability modeling, genetic analysis and outreach;
  • Nightshade plants (including the tomato commodity): $434,000 to support investigations in 10 states, including California, Mississippi, Nevada and West Virginia.

The USDA will use $15.5 million to quickly respond to invasive pest emergencies if a pest with high economic consequences is discovered in the United States. In the past, the USDA has used these funds to rapidly control pests such as the Asian giant hornet, spotted lanternfly, coconut rhinoceros beetle, exotic fruit flies, and box tree moth.

Learn more about Section 7721 of the Plant Protection Act at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website:

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