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USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available (Jun 30, 2014)
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
USDA's Secretary announced the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can otherwise cause economic losses to the American specialty crop industry, which includes fruits and vegetables and other crops.

USDA Research on Climate Change, Effects of Warmer Winters Published in PLOS ONE (Jun 11, 2014)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Findings from recent research project changes in crop production as air temperatures increase due to climate change. Researchers observed one of the effects that agricultural producers may see as air temperatures increase is a corresponding increase of insects, weeds and fungal pests because of milder winter temperatures.

Yearly Survey Shows Better Results for Pollinators, but Losses Remain Significant (May 15, 2014)
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A yearly survey of beekeepers, released today, shows fewer colony losses occurred in the United States over the winter of 2013-2014 than in recent years, but beekeepers say losses remain higher than the level that they consider to be sustainable.

USDA Announces First Citrus Greening Funding Allocations and Appointments to Citrus Disease Subcommittee (May 13, 2014)
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
More than $1.5 million in funding has been allocated to expand bio-control efforts to fight Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening. This action is the first designation of funds by the Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Response to Devastating Citrus Disease since it was established by Secretary Vilsack in Dec 2013.

USDA Provides Farm Bill Funding for Pest and Disease Management Programs (Apr 3, 2014)
U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $48.1 million, provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.

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