2023 National Clean Plant Network Spending Plan Announced
On January 18, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the release of the Plant Protection Act Section 7721 Program spending plans for the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program and the National Clean Plant Network. In Fiscal Year 2023, APHIS is allocating $7.75 million to support 28 NCPN projects. NCPN funding supports a network of clean plant centers for diagnostic and pathogen elimination services to produce clean propagative plant material and maintain blocks of pathogen-tested plant material in sites throughout the United States. Universities, States, Federal agencies, and non-profit organizations in 16 States and Puerto Rico will carry out the selected projects.
Since 2009, USDA has supported about 316 NCPN projects and provided close to $80 million in funding for this PPA 7721 initiative. These projects focused on producing clean plants of specialty crops including fruit trees, grapes, hops, berries, citrus, sweet potato, and roses; and have advanced NCPN as a network through governance, planning, outreach, economics, and quality management. For more information, see USDA APHIS | Plant Protection Act Section 7721 Funding.