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USDA giving $11 million to support specialty crop pest management

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Staff Writer | March 22, 2017
Specialty crops
America   Minor Crop Pest Management Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $11 million in available funding through the Minor Crop Pest Management Program.

“The IR-4 [Interregional Research Project] funding allows NIFA to ensure that new, robust crop protection products are created,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “These investments will lead to improved practices and profits for specialty crop producers.”

The IR-4 program supports the creation of safe, effective, and economical pest management solutions for specialty crops and minor agricultural uses on other crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2017.

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