USDA allocates $50 million for pest detection, prevention

06/08/2011 10:52:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

As part of the 2008 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $50 million in funding to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests, according to a news release.

The funding comes from Sectio 10201 of the Farm Bill, which provides money to states, universities, nongovernmental organizations and private companies to help detect, identify and mitigate agricultural pests.

Among the projects funded were surveys for European grapevine moth in several states, honey bee surveys in several states, a plum pox survey in several states and citizen volunteer pest surveys.

For a complete list of the projects under Section 10201 of the Farm Bill, click here.

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