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Funding Announced to Prevent Invasive Species in NY

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced federal funding to help prevent invasive species in the state.
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced federal funding to help prevent invasive species in the state. 

A press release says the $790,000 funding is part of the 2014 Farm Bill and will help the State Department of Agriculture and Markets, State Integrated Pest Management program, and institutions to work together to identify possible pests before they become widespread.

“We’ve seen how insects that prey on crops have wreaked havoc in other states, and we’re taking steps to guard against that here in New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York’s agricultural industry is essential for the state’s economy and employs thousands of New Yorkers. This funding will help ensure that potential threats to agriculture are contained so New York’s vital agriculture industry can continue to thrive and grow.”

A press release says the funding will help a number of crops including grapes, apple orchards, peach orchards, forests, vegetables including tomatoes and potatoes, and nurseries. It will also help fund research various invasive species like the leaf roll virus (grapes), apple proliferation phytoplasma (apples), plum pox virus (peaches), tomato leaf miner (tomatoes), Emerald Ash Borer and Asian Longhorned Beetle (forests). 

Here is a list of areas that will be getting some of the grant money. 

Title

Awardee

Amount

Grape Commodity Survey

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$74,000

Orchard Commodity Survey

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$65,000

Phytophthora ramorum Nursery Survey

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$52,300

Solanaceous/Tomato Commodity Survey

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$36,000

Stone Fruit Commodity Survey

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$58,000

Phytophthora ramorum Detection along the shipment continuum

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$68,508

State Plant Diagnostician Readiness

Cornell University CALS

$129,362

Reinstating a Grape Certification Survey Program In NYS

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$133,000

Forest Pest Outreach

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$37,496

Potato Cyst Nematode Immunity

USDA ARS (NYS Office)

$13,333

Deregulation of Golden Nematode

Department of Agriculture and Markets

$96,100

Catskill-Adirondack-North Country Preparedness Response Plan

USDA APHIS

$11,000

Enhanced Mitigation Techniques for Control of Cactoblastis cactorum

SUNY

$15,202

Total: $789,301

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