USDA Offers $4 Million For Pest Management

USDA Offers $4 Million For Pest Management

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $4 million to support research and extension efforts to mitigate pest issues and increase crop protection practices for the agricultural community. This funding is made through the Crop Protection and Pest Management (CPPM) Program, administered by NIFA.

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Funding can be used to support projects that will address pest management efforts for both conventional and organic production systems. Funded projects may also develop reduced-risk methods for pest-free homes, schools, parks, and recreational areas.

“Through programs like the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program, USDA is making investments to ensure America’s agriculture sector is able to rely on sound scientific approaches to increase production and ensure continued food security in the face of the many challenges, including pests that climate change presents,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy.  “The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program has a history of producing best practices and strategies to support communities with effective, affordable, and environmentally-sound solutions to protect human health.”

The CPPM program helps researchers develop innovative approaches for managing high-priority pests at the state, regional, and national levels. The program seeks effective new technologies to deal with both emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns. All competitive fiscal year 2016 grants will be made in the Applied Research and Development (ARDP) focus area, which centers on the development of new integrated pest management (IPM) tactics, technologies, practices, and strategies.

Since 2014, $32.5 million has been awarded through CPPM to further critical research and Extension IPM efforts.