ALBANY - Nearly $790,000 was awarded to New York State under the 2014 federal Farm Bill to prevent invasive species on agricultural lands across New York State. This funding will help the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, the State Integrated Pest Management program and institutions of higher learning to jointly work together to identify potential pests before they gain a foothold in New York agriculture.
Specific sectors impacted by this funding cover a number of agricultural commodities, including: grapes, apple orchards, peach orchards, forests, vegetables including tomatoes and potatoes, and nurseries. Potential threats to these commodities include: leaf roll virus (grapes), apple proliferation phytoplasma (apples), plum pox virus (peaches), tomato leaf miner (tomatoes), Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle (forests).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service solicited suggestions from interested parties, including states and U.S. territories, universities, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private companies and tribal organizations. New York’s high success rate in receiving these awards speaks to the importance of its past successes on previously funded invasive species projects.
“For over 40 years I have been a vegetable farmer, continually monitoring my plants for insects and diseases,” said Acting State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball. “New threats pop up all the time and advance warning to strategically address them is critical to every farmer. The work that this funding supports will protect farmers from invasive species and help them continue to be successful here in New York.”
As an international trade leader, New York continuously monitors for risks of pest introduction that can have a harmful effect on agriculture not only within the state but nationwide.
Funding was awarded to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets for nine projects. Four additional New York projects were also funded.