Crop Protection and Pest Management Competitive Grants Program

 

CPPM was created to consolidate five previous NIFA programs with related purposes. CPPM will provide funding to address critical state, regional and national integrated pest management (IPM) needs to ensure food security and effectively respond to other major societal challenges. The CPPM program supports projects that address high priority IPM challenges with coordinated state, regional, and national research and extension efforts. The impact of these research and extension efforts will be increased by the establishment of communication networks and stakeholder participation in setting priorities. Effective FY 2014, the CPPM program provided support for projects to conduct applied research and development, extension implementation, and regional coordination.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.329
Federal Agency/Office
National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 2016, NIFA anticipates funding four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects; i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region; three (3) awards will be $1,000,000 each and one (1) award will be $1,150,000. NIFA anticipates funding 49 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area projects ranging from $62,500 to $289,000 to fund an extension integrated pest management coordination project at eligible institutions. NIFA anticipates competitively funding 12-20 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2016. These awards from $200,000 to $325,000 will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for 2 – 4 years. The anticipated funding ratio is approximately 17% to 28%. Awards will be made on or before September 30, 2016. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects; i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards were for $1,000,000 each and one (1) award was $1,150,000. NIFA funded 49 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area projects ranging from $62,500 to $289,000 to fund an extension integrated pest management coordination projects at eligible institutions. NIFA competitively funded 14 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2016. These awards from $200,000 to $325,000 funded integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for two (2) to four (4) years. The funding success rate was 20%.
Fiscal Year 2017 In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the amount appropriated for this Program was $20,000,000. The amount available for awards was $18,862,054, after legislatively mandated set-asides. In FY 2017, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funded four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects; i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards were for $1,000,000 each and one (1) award was for $1,150,000. NIFA competitively funded 47 new continuations and 6 new Extension Implementation Program Area projects ranging from $67,800 to $358,000 to fund an extension integrated pest management coordination projects at eligible institutions. The funding success rate was 98%. NIFA competitively funded 15 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2017. The awards from $195,456 to $325,000 funded integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for two (2) to four (4) years. The funding success rate was 16%.
Fiscal Year 2018 In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the amount appropriated for this Program was $20 million. The amount available for awards was $19,073,683, after legislatively mandated set-asides. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, NIFA competitively funded four (4) new Regional Coordination Program Area projects, i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards were $1,000,000 each and one (1) award was $1,150,000. The funding success rate was 100%. NIFA funded 47 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area ranging from $94,864 to $300,000 to conduct integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions. NIFA also competitively funded 16 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area for a total of approximately $4.1 million. These awards, from $200,000 to $325,000 in size, funded integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for two (2) to four (4) years. The funding success rate was 19%.
Fiscal Year 2019 In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the amount appropriated for this Program was $20 million. The amount available for awards was $19,021,619, after legislatively mandated set-asides. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, NIFA anticipates funding four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects, i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards are projected $1,000,000 each and one (1) award is $1,150,000. NIFA anticipates funding 45 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area ranging from $102,547 to $306,265 to fund integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions. NIFA anticipates competitively funding 16 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2019 for a total of approximately $4.5 million. These awards, from $200,000 to $325,000 in size, will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for two (2) to four (4) years in agricultural, natural, and urban settings. The anticipated funding success rate is approximately 19%.
Fiscal Year 2020 This program is subject to congressional budget approval for FY 2020. Contingent upon Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 funding, NIFA projects funding four (4) continuation Regional Coordination Program Area projects, i.e. one (1) Regional Integrated Pest Management Center in each USDA region. Three (3) awards are projected to be $1,000,000 each and one (1) award is projected to be $1,150,000. NIFA anticipates competitively funding 53 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area awards up to $300,000 per/year each to fund integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions across the U.S. NIFA projects competitively funding 13-16 new awards for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2020 for a total of approximately $4.1 million. These awards from $200,000 to $325,000 will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects for 2-4 years in agricultural, natural, and urban settings. NIFA projects that the funding success rate will be approximately 15-18%. NIFA will provide pertinent data at a future date.
Authorization
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) provided NIFA with funding for competitive grants programs authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7626), including the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program. These funds are available to support integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities. Subject to the availability of appropriations to carry out this program, the Secretary may award grants to colleges and universities (as defined by section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103)), as amended, on a competitive basis for projects that address priorities in United States agriculture and involve integrated research, education, and extension activities, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board., 7 U.S.C. 7626
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103) are eligible to submit applications for the CPPM program. Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. For the purposes of this program, the terms "college" and "university" mean an educational institution in any state which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; (2) is legally authorized within such state to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; (3) provides an educational program for which a bachelor's degree or any other higher degree is awarded; (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association. Applications also may be submitted by 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (see Part VIII, E), HSACUs, and research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. Section 7206 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended section 406(b) of AREERA to add the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions as eligible to apply for grants under this authority.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of NARETPA) (7 U.S.C. 3103) are eligible to submit applications for the CPPM program. Section 1404 of NARETPA was amended by section 7101 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) to define Hispanic-serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACUs), and to include research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. For the purposes of this program, the terms "college" and "university" mean an educational institution in any state which (1) admits as regular students only persons having a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such a certificate; (2) is legally authorized within such state to provide a program of education beyond secondary education; (3) provides an educational program for which a bachelor's degree or any other higher degree is awarded; (4) is a public or other nonprofit institution; and (5) is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association. Applications also may be submitted by 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (see Part VIII, E), HSACUs, and research foundations maintained by eligible colleges or universities. Section 7206 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 amended section 406(b) of AREERA to add the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions as eligible to apply for grants under this authority.
Credentials/Documentation
The System for Award Management (SAM) combines eight federal procurement systems, including CCR, and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance into one new system. CCR activities are conducted through SAM (the CCR website will redirect users to SAM). Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM): Each applicant (unless excepted under 2 CFR SS 25.110(b) or (c), or has an exception approved by the Federal awarding agency under 2 CFR SS 25.110(d)) is required to: (i) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) Provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency. It also must state that the Federal awarding agency may not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Federal awarding agency is ready to make a Federal award, the Federal awarding agency may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant. Applicants must furnish the information required in the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs). Successful applicants recommended for funding must furnish the information and assurances requested during the award documentation process. These include, but are not limited to the following: Organizational Management Information - Specific management information relating to an applicant shall be submitted on a one time basis, with updates on an as needed basis, as part of the responsibility determination prior to the award of a grant identified under this RFA, if such information has not been provided previously under this or another NIFA program. NIFA will provide copies of forms recommended for use in fulfilling these requirements as part of the preaward process. Although an applicant may be eligible based on its status as one of these entities, there are factors which may exclude an applicant from receiving Federal financial and nonfinancial assistance and benefits under this program (e.g., debarment or suspension of an individual involved or a determination that an applicant is not responsible based on submitted organizational management information). This information collection is approved under OMB Circular Control No. 0524-0026, "Assurance of Compliance with the Department of Agriculture Regulations Assuring Civil Rights, Compliance and Organization Information." SPECIAL NOTE: Please refer to the Competitive Request for Applications (RFAs) for further specific and pertinent details. The most current RFAs are available as follows: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/crop-protection-and-pest-management RFAs are generally released annually. Hence, the RFAs provide the most current and accurate information available. Any specific instructions in the Competitive RFAs supersede the general information provided in the CFDA database.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. All RFAs are published on the Agency’s website and Grants.gov. Applicants must complete the Grants.gov registration process.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Formal applications are solicited and should be submitted to USDA, NIFA, as outlined in the guidelines and/or request for applications. Application procedures are contained in the guidelines or request for applications. Applications should be submitted as outlined in the RFA. Applications must follow the instructions provided per Grants.Gov and in the Agency guide to submitting applications via Grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Applications are subjected to a system of peer and merit review in accordance with section 103 of the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613) by a panel of qualified scientists and other appropriate persons who are specialists in the field covered by the proposal. Within the limit of funds available for such purpose, the NIFA Authorized Departmental Officer (ADO) shall make grants to those responsible, eligible applicants whose applications are judged most meritorious under the procedures set forth in the RFA. Reviewers will be selected based upon training and experience in relevant scientific, extension, or education fields, taking into account the following factors: (a) The level of relevant formal scientific, technical education, or extension experience of the individual, as well as the extent to which an individual is engaged in relevant research, education, or extension activities; (b) the need to include as reviewers experts from various areas of specialization within relevant scientific, education, or extension fields; (c) the need to include as reviewers other experts (e.g., producers, range or forest managers/operators, and consumers) who can assess relevance of the applications to targeted audiences and to program needs; (d) the need to include as reviewers experts from a variety of organizational types (e.g., colleges, universities, industry, state and Federal agencies, private profit and non-profit organizations) and geographic locations; (e) the need to maintain a balanced composition of reviewers with regard to minority and female representation and an equitable age distribution; and (f) the need to include reviewers who can judge the effective usefulness to producers and the general public of each application. Evaluation Criteria will be delineated in the RFA. 2 CFR Part 200 - Subpart C and Appendix I apply to this program. 2 CFR Part 400 applies to this program.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 180 days. Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA) each fiscal year. Information is also available via our website and may be obtained via the Grants.gov website. Respective links are provided below: http://nifa.usda.gov/grants http://www.grants.gov
Appeals
Not Applicable. 2 CFR Part 200 - Subparts D & E apply to this program.
Renewals
Specific details are provided in the Request for Applications (RFA).
How are proposals selected?
2 CFR part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards and 2 CFR part 400 USDA's Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. Within guidelines established for the program as described in the Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFAs are available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/crop-protection-and-pest-management
How may assistance be used?
The new CPPM program provides support for three linked programs that emphasize research (discovery), extension (translation) of that knowledge, and enhanced coordination, collaboration and communications among related CPPM programs and grantees. The three program areas are: Applied Research and Development Program Area (ARDP) – To enhance the development and implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM tactics and strategies that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Extension Implementation Program Area (EIP) – To assure the implementation of IPM through extension activities and coordination with other EIP grantees and other CPPM program areas based on defined state, multi-state, regional, national, or international needs. Regional Coordination Program Area (RCP) – To increase coordination and improve efficiency of IPM research and extension efforts; facilitate collaboration across states and disciplines; and promote further development and adoption of IPM through regional pest management information networks, collaborative team building and broad-based stakeholder participation.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: PERFORMANCE MONITORING: See above for pertinent and specific details.
Auditing
Relation to other audit requirements, but records must be available for review or audit by appropriate officials of the Federal agency, pass-through entity, and Government Accountability Office (GAO). This program is also subject to audit by the cognizant Federal audit agency and the USDA Office of Inspector General.
Records
In accordance with 2 CFR Part 400 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, SS 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Grantees shall maintain separate records for each grant to ensure that funds are used for authorized purposes. Grant-related records are subject to inspection during the life of the grant and must be retained at least three (3) years. Records must be retained beyond the three (3) year period if litigation is pending or audit findings have not been resolved. 2 CFR 200 Subpart D applies to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. When a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, the grant recipient must match awarded USDA funds with cash and in-kind contributions on dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources (see RFA for specific details). NIFA may waive the matching funds requirement for a grant if we determine that: (a) the results of the project, while of particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity, are likely to be applicable to agricultural commodities generally; or (b) the project involves a minor commodity, the project deals with scientifically important research, and the grant recipient is unable to satisfy the matching funds requirement.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of projects under this program varies. In accordance with statutory time limits, project periods, including no-cost extensions of time, are from one (1) to five (5) years. 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart D applies to this program. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
NIFA is transitioning to a new location for Fiscal Year 2020. NIFA's New Mailing Address AFTER September 30, 2019 follows: National Institute of Food and Agriculture 6501 Beacon Drive Kansas City, MO 64133
Headquarters Office
USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Institute of Food Production and Sustainability (IFPS)
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 2240,
Washington, DC 20024 US
Policy@nifa.usda.gov
Phone: (202) 401-1761
Fax: (202) 401-1782
Website Address
http://nifa.usda.gov/program/crop-protection-and-pest-management-competitive-grants-program
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-1502-0-1-352
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$19,073,683.00; FY 19 est $18,908,987.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$18,862,054.00; FY 16$16,290,485.00; - SPECIAL NOTES: (1) The difference between the appropriation and obligation numbers reflects legislative authorized set-asides deducted as appropriate, and in some cases the availability of obligational authority from prior years.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
If minimum or maximum amounts of funding per competitive and/or capacity project grant, or cooperative agreement are established, these amounts will be announced in the annual Competitive Request for Application (RFA). The most current RFA is available via: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/crop-protection-and-pest-management
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
As an administrator of U.S. government support, NIFA works in partnership with grantees to ensure responsible stewardship of federal funds. Our grantees and partners are required to comply with all relevant rules and regulations. The following resources are provided to NIFA's partners and award recipients to support their adherence to federal regulations governing program performance: NIFA's primary (main) website: https://nifa.usda.gov/regulations-and-guidelines The following represent specific documents and direct links: POLICY GUIDE NIFA's Federal Assistance Policy Guide describes agency policies and procedures. https://nifa.usda.gov/policy-guide CERTIFICATIONS AND REPRESENTATIONS Certifications and representations provided through the NIFA application process. https://nifa.usda.gov/certifications-and-representations ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF USDA SUPPORT BY NIFA When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgement for all projects or initiatives supported by NIFA. https://nifa.usda.gov/acknowledgment-usda-support-nifa FEDERAL REGULATIONS The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) lists all regulations published in the Federal Register. https://nifa.usda.gov/federal-regulations FOIA The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal documents and information such as research data. https://nifa.usda.gov/foia NEPA POLICY AND GUIDANCE The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Policy and Guidance set the standard for identifying potential environmental impacts. https://nifa.usda.gov/nepa-policy-and-guidance OGFM ISSUED CORRESPONDENCE The Office of Grants and Financial Management occasionally issues correspondence to applicants, grantees, and/or the general public for informational or clarification purposes. https://nifa.usda.gov/ogfm-issued-correspondence RESEARCH MISCONDUCT NIFA requires that all its awardees adhere to the USDA Scientific Integrity Policy and the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. https://nifa.usda.gov/research-misconduct NIFA'S GENERAL AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS Award terms and conditions are determined by statutory, regulatory, and agency requirements, as well as each grant's circumstances. Terms and conditions dictate important items related to your grant, including method of payment, reporting frequency and content, and prior approval requirements. References to the terms and conditions of awards are located on the NIFA 2009 Award Fact Sheet. NIFA's general award terms and conditions (see link below) is applicable to this program, for awards with an award date on December 26, 2014 and thereafter. https://nifa.usda.gov/resource/nifa-general-terms-and-conditions-grants-and-cooperative-agreements-october-2016.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 For FY 2016: Awards for funded projects in FY 2016 are anticipated to include projects on integrated pest management topics for three program areas: Regional Coordination Program Area, Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. In FY 2016 NIFA anticipates awarding the four continuation awards for the Regional Coordination Program Area as described above for Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers. In FY 2016 NIFA anticipates awarding the 49 continuation awards for the Extension Implementation Program Area as described above. In fiscal year 2016 NIFA anticipates soliciting new proposals for projects for the Applied Research and Development Program Area in FY 2015. These awards will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects. Applied Research (single-function) projects will develop innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Research-led projects enhance the adoption of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems. Extension-led projects extend implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems by IPM practitioners and growers. Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 included projects for three (3) program areas in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: the Regional Coordination Program Area, the Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. The following are examples of funded projects: (1): Regional Coordination Program Area Award. A $1 million award, A Western IPM Center Led by California, Oregon, and Arizona, will brings together the expertise needed to successfully address high-priority pest-management issues confronting farmers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. The Center obtains ongoing stakeholder input on IPM needs and provides extensive regional coordination for addressing IPM priorities and integrating IPM research, extension, and education in the West. The Center will continue to facilitate partnerships among researchers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. (2): Extension Implementation Program Area Award. A $186,000 continuation award, Crop Protection and Pest Management Extension Implementation for South Carolina to Advance Stakeholder Adoption in Key Commodities, will focus on economically important commodity and IPM priority areas for South Carolina including IPM in Agronomic Crops (corn, cotton, soybean and sorghum) and IPM in Specialty Crops (peaches, strawberries and vegetables including those produced on limited resource and minority-owned farms, and nursery crops). The main program focus will be on Extension activities to transfer scientific research and new knowledge to state stakeholders through a combination of formal and informal training methods, including field demonstrations and experiential learning. (3): Applied Research and Development Program Area Award. A $323,491 award, Developing and Delivering IPM Strategies to the Rapidly Expanding U.S. Hop Industry, will develop and implement IPM strategies against pests and diseases for hop growers across the United States. (4): An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award. A $324,880 award, Remote Scouting for Soybean Pests Using Spectral Reflectance and Unmanned Aerial Systems, will develop "remote scouting" for soybean pests by utilizing spectral sensors deployed on UAS to assess and distinguish pest infestations in soybean fields. (5): An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award. A $324,940 award, Development of Integrated Pest Management Strategies for Commercial Dairies: Formulating Dairy Total Mixed Rations that are Resistant to Bird Depredation, develop a new integrated pest management tool to mitigate invasive European starling damage in commercial dairies.
Fiscal Year 2017 Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 included projects for three (3) program areas in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: the Regional Coordination Program Area, the Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. The following are examples of funded projects: (1) Regional Coordination Program Area Award: A $1 million award, A Western IPM Center Led by California, Oregon, and Arizona, will brings together the expertise needed to successfully address high-priority pest-management issues confronting farmers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. The Center obtains ongoing stakeholder input on IPM needs and provides extensive regional coordination for addressing IPM priorities and integrating IPM research, extension, and education in the West. The Center will continue to facilitate partnerships among researchers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. (2) Extension Implementation Program Area Award: A $186,000 continuation award, Crop Protection and Pest Management Extension Implementation for South Carolina to Advance Stakeholder Adoption in Key Commodities, will focus on economically important commodity and IPM priority areas for South Carolina including IPM in Agronomic Crops (corn, cotton, soybean and sorghum) and IPM in Specialty Crops (peaches, strawberries and vegetables including those produced on limited resource and minority-owned farms, and nursery crops). The main program focus will be on Extension activities to transfer scientific research and new knowledge to state stakeholders through a combination of formal and informal training methods, including field demonstrations and experiential learning. (3) Applied Research and Development Program Area Award: A $324,992 award, Integrated Management Techniques to Combat Potential Shifts in Horseweed Emergence will development chemical and cultural weed management practices for suppressing horseweed prior to establishment of a soybean crop under no-till conditions. (4) An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award: A $325,000 award, Developing Host Plant Resistance to Thrips in Cotton to Address Emerging Insecticide Resistance, will evaluate cotton landraces for resistance to thrips and investigate mechanisms of resistance. (5) An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award: A $323,493 award, Use of Precision Steam to Control Soilborne Pathogens and Weeds in Lettuce, will develop a stream and co-product applicator for soil disinfestation to minimize lettuce drop disease incidence and in-row weed emergence in lettuce.
Fiscal Year 2018 Awards in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 included projects for three (3) program areas in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: the Regional Coordination Program Area, the Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. The following are examples of funded projects: (1) Regional Coordination Program Area Award: A $1 million award, A Western IPM Center Led by California, Arizona, and Oregon (FY 18), is bringing together the expertise needed to successfully address high-priority pest-management issues confronting farmers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. The Center is obtaining ongoing stakeholder input on IPM needs and provides extensive regional coordination for addressing IPM priorities and integrating IPM research, extension, and education in the West. The Center is continuing to facilitate partnerships among researchers, pest managers, communities, and others in the West. (2) Extension Implementation Program Area Award: A $195,075 continuation award, Crop Protection and Pest Management Extension Implementation for South Carolina, is focusing on economically important commodity and IPM priority areas for South Carolina including IPM in Agronomic Crops (corn, cotton, soybean and sorghum) and IPM in Specialty Crops (peaches, strawberries and vegetables including those produced on limited resource and minority-owned farms, and nursery crops). The main program focus is on Extension activities to transfer scientific research and new knowledge to state stakeholders through a combination of formal and informal training methods, including field demonstrations and experiential learning. (3) Applied Research and Development Program Area Award: A $324,992 award, Integrated Management Techniques to Combat Potential Shifts in Horseweed Emergence is developing chemical and cultural weed management practices for suppressing horseweed prior to establishment of a soybean crop under no-till conditions. (4) An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award: A $325,000 award, Developing Host Plant Resistance to Thrips in Cotton to Address Emerging Insecticide Resistance, is evaluating cotton landraces for resistance to thrips and investigate mechanisms of resistance. (5) An Applied Research and Development Program Area Award: A $323,493 award, Use of Precision Steam to Control Soilborne Pathogens and Weeds in Lettuce, is developing a stream and co-product applicator for soil disinfestation to minimize lettuce drop disease incidence and in-row weed emergence in lettuce.
Fiscal Year 2019 NIFA’s awards for projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 will include projects on integrated pest management topics for the three (3) program areas in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: Regional Coordination Program Area, Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. Regional Coordination Program Area NIFA will award four (4) continuation awards for the Regional Coordination Program Area to fund four Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers. Three (3) awards are projected to be $1,000,000 each and one (1) award is projected to be $1,150,000: (1). The North Central IPM Center’s (NCIPMC) project is increasing the adoption of IPM practices in the North Central Region by: 1) funding integrated pest management (IPM) activities (working groups, critical issues grants), facilitating communication and collaboration within the North Central region (stakeholders, NGOs, practitioners, researchers and the general public) and nationally (other IPM Centers, intra-regional working groups and research, USDA-NIFA), and 2) evaluating center activities in order to best direct their resources to ensure that their activities are achieving desired outcomes. (2). The Northeastern IPM Center project is strengthening ties to stakeholders in the region and fine-tuning operations to fulfill its mission of fostering the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the region. Staff, in collaboration with state IPM partners, multiregional projects, our Advisory Council, scientists, and IPM practitioners, are addressing critical issues, diversifying resources, and providing educational and training opportunities for their clientele. Five Signature Programs embrace all Center activities: IPM in Organic Systems, Climate Change and Emerging Pests, Urban to Rural IPM, Next Generation Education, and Advanced Production Systems. (3). The Southern IPM Center project for the Southern IPM Center is fostering the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a science-based approach to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental and human health benefits. The project is leveraging the SIPMC’s unique strengths through collaboration among three Southern institutions (North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and Auburn University) in partnership with regional stakeholders in multiple sectors from agricultural, urban, and rural settings to identify and address regional priorities for research, education, and outreach. The project also is supporting the SIPMC’s portfolio of applications and expertise that serve as the foundation for the IPM Information Supplement functions. (4). The Western IPM Center project is addressing integrated pest management (IPM) work and initiatives of the Western IPM Center, directly supporting the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program goals of addressing high priority pest issues through regional IPM and the CPPM focus areas: Plant Protection Tools and Tactics, Enhancing Agricultural Biosecurity, and IPM for Sustainable Communities. The overall goals of the project are reducing risks to people and the environment from pests and pest-management practices, and to improving the economic benefits of adopting IPM. Extension Implementation Program Area: NIFA awarded funding to 45 continuation Extension Implementation Program Area ranging from $102,547 to $306,265 to fund integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions. Examples include: (1). The 2017 Arkansas Extension Implementation Program in the area of IPM implementation in agronomic crops delivered relevant IPM programs to growers, consultants and scouts, for greater IPM adoption, and increased economic and environmental benefits. A new monitoring program for southwestern corn borer informed growers’ decisions not to apply prophylactic insecticide treatments to approximately 35,000 acres. This represents a savings of $29/acre, translating into a total savings of over $1,000,000 statewide. (2). The Oregon Extension Implementation Project is expanding the capabilities of the climate and weather-based decision support tool (DST) system that is employed by end users in Oregon and nationwide. For example, they have completely revised inputs, computing infrastructure, and outputs for the mobile-friendly and App version of our 120 species multi-model degree-day modeling tool, at http://uspest.org/dd/model_app from our website, and, thus far, available for download from the Google play store for Android devices. Also, they have over 16 new model developments at USPEST.ORG since Aug, 2017. NIFA anticipates competitively awarding 13-16 new proposals for the Applied Research and Development Program Area for an approximate total of $4.3 million. These awards will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects. Applied Research (single-function) projects will develop innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Research-led projects will enhance the adoption of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems. Extension-led projects will extend implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems by IPM practitioners and growers. NIFA will provide pertinent data regarding the awards at a future date.
Fiscal Year 2020 Awards for projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 are anticipated to include projects on integrated pest management topics for three (3) program areas included in the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program: Regional Coordination Program Area, Extension Implementation Program Area, and the Applied Research and Development Program Area. NIFA projects awarding the four (4) continuation awards for the Regional Coordination Program Area as described above to fund four (4) Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers. Three (3) awards are projected to be $1,000,000 each and one (1) award is projected to be $1,150,000. NIFA anticipates awarding approximately 53 new continuation Extension Implementation Program Area awards up to $300,000 each to fund integrated pest management extension coordination projects at eligible institutions across the U.S. NIFA projects soliciting new competitive proposals for the Applied Research and Development Program Area for an approximate total of $4.1 million. These awards, projected at approximately 13-16, will fund integrated pest management research (single-function), research-led, or extension-led projects. Applied Research (single-function) projects will develop innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems that address regional and/or national IPM priorities. Research-led projects enhance the adoption of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems. Extension-led projects extend implementation of innovative, ecologically-based, sustainable IPM strategies and systems by IPM practitioners and growers. NIFA will provide pertinent data on the awards at a future date.

 


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