USDA Awards $9.4 Million for safer, more effective pest management
The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded $9.4 million to support 25 research and outreach projects that will help mitigate pests, weeds and diseases on farms and in communities.
The awards are made through National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Crop Protection and Pest Management Program and Integrated Pest Management program which have awarded more than $64.5 million since 2014.
“(National Institute of Food and Agriculture) 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 arthropod, weed and disease pests,” said director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The Crop Protection and Pest Management Program has a history of developing new tools, best management practices and strategies for healthy crop systems while supporting communities with effective, affordable and environmentally sound solutions that reduce potential health risks.”
The Applied Research and Development Program recipients are:
» Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $324,517
» University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $324,615
» Regents of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn., $324,880
» Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont., $325,000
» Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $324,856
» Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $189,273
» North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $324,979
» North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., $199,590
» Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $215,460
» Pennsylvania State University, State College, Penn., $325,000
» Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, Texas, $289,281
» University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, Burlington, Vt., $324,560
» Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $324,983
» Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $323,491
Integrated Pest Management in affordable housing recipient:
» Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $363,636
2016 Methyl Bromide Transition recipients include:
» The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Calif., $497,965
» University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $472,506
» Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $499,999
» Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $418,313
2016 National Plant Diagnostic Network recipients include:
» University of California, Davis, Calif., $539,983
» University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $539,983
» Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $207,135
» Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $539,983
» Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. $587,543
» Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $616,033
— Courtesy of the USDA
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