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USDA RELEASES $43.5 MILLION TO STATES FOR STRENGTHENING AGRICULTURE HOMELAND SECURITY PROTECTIONS

DETROIT, Mich., May 30, 2002-Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced that USDA is releasing more than $43 million in state grants and cooperative agreements to bolster food and agricultural homeland security protections. The resources are part of $328 million approved by President Bush and the Congress earlier this year to strengthen USDA's homeland security preparedness.

"These grants are an important component of the Administration's continued efforts to strengthen homeland security protections as it relates to food and agriculture," said Veneman. "States and local communities, along with academia and the private sector, are critical partners in making sure we are prepared in the event of an emergency."

The $43 million will provide funding to support critical efforts to strengthen the food supply infrastructure. Of that, $20.6 million will be provided to our state and university cooperators to be used to establish a network of diagnostic laboratories disbursed strategically throughout the nation to permit rapid and accurate diagnosis of animal disease threats; $14 million will be used to strengthen state capabilities to respond to animal disease emergencies, primarily by helping every state to meet the national standards of emergency preparedness established by the National Animal Health Emergency Management System; $4.5 million will be used to strengthen state-level surveillance for animal disease; and $4.3 million will be used to assist states to improve their capability to detect plant pests and diseases.

Secretary Veneman made the announcement near Detroit, Mich. at a meeting with local farmers and ranchers to discuss homeland security issues. This week, Veneman, along with several USDA subcabinet members, will travel to nearly a dozen states to discuss the importance of homeland security and actions that federal, state, private sector and academia are taking to improve agriculture protection systems.

The state of Michigan will receive $1,216,972 in state funding. Of that, $900,000 will be used for rapid detection and diagnostics network, $149,675 will be for animal disease response, $105,000 will be for plant pest and disease detection, and $62,296 will be for animal disease surveillance.

Earlier this year, Veneman also announced additional homeland security allocations by USDA which include:

  • $177 million to make physical and operational security improvements at key USDA locations. This provides $64 million at the animal disease center in Ames, Iowa to relocate labs from leased space into the main Ames campus and includes funds for a new facility for sensitive diagnostic work, which will be completed in 18 months.
  • $23 million for USDA's Plum Island laboratory, pending an independent review of the critical needs and options for the facility.

  • $35 million to strengthen the Agricultural Quarantine Inspection program to exclude agricultural pests and diseases at the borders. These funds are being used to expedite development of an automated system of inspections in coordination with the U.S. Customs Service. In addition, USDA is purchasing 100 rapid pathogen identification devices and hiring additional inspection personnel.

  • $16.5 million for the Food Safety and Inspection Service to increase monitoring, provide training to inspectors and expand technical capabilities. $1.5 million of these funds are being used to hire additional inspectors for imported meat and poultry.

  • $15.3 million for the Agricultural Research Service to improve rapid detection technologies for foot and mouth diseases as well as other animal diseases.

Additional information on homeland security is available from http://www.usda.gov/homelandsecurity .

In USDA's FY 2003 budget request, more than $150 million is being requested for additional homeland security protections. As well, if the budget is approved by Congress, it would bring food safety and pest and disease protection spending to the highest levels ever at USDA.

Partnering for Homeland Security With States (Table Correction)

Alabama

Animal Disease Surveillance: $51,841

Animal Disease Response: $131,486

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $258,327

Alaska

Animal Disease Surveillance: $5,836

Animal Disease Response: $51,455

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $107,291

American Samoa

Animal Disease Surveillance: $5,000

Animal Disease Response: $25,000

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: 0

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $30,000

Arizona

Animal Disease Surveillance: $41,386

Animal Disease Response: $113,298

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $750,000

Total: $979,684

Arkansas

Animal Disease Surveillance: $82,372

Animal Disease Response: $184,599

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $316,971

California

Animal Disease Surveillance: $271,410

Animal Disease Response: $1,513,459

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $350,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $2.900,000

Total: $5,034,869

Colorado

Animal Disease Surveillance: $133,401

Animal Disease Response: $273,373

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $60,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $2,000,000

Total: $2,466,774

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Animal Disease Surveillance: $5,000

Animal Disease Response: $25,000

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: 0

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $30,000

Connecticut

Animal Disease Surveillance: $9,600

Animal Disease Response: $58,003

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $117,603

Delaware

Animal Disease Surveillance: $6,672

Animal Disease Response: $52,909

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $109,582

Florida

Animal Disease Surveillance: $69,407

Animal Disease Response: $162,045

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $350,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $1,650,000

Total: $2,231,451

Georgia

Animal Disease Surveillance: $53,095

Animal Disease Response: $133,669

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $2,000,000

Total: $2,261,764

Guam

Animal Disease Surveillance: $5,000

Animal Disease Response: $25,000

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: 0

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $30,000

Hawaii

Animal Disease Surveillance: $10,019

Animal Disease Response: $58,731

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $100,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $168,749

Idaho

Animal Disease Surveillance: $94,918

Animal Disease Response: $206,426

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $376,344

Illinois

Animal Disease Surveillance: $79,862

Animal Disease Response: $180,234

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $335,096

Indiana

Animal Disease Surveillance: $68,570

Animal Disease Response: $160,590

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $850,000

Total: $1,154,160

Iowa

Animal Disease Surveillance: $212,022

Animal Disease Response: $410,144

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $750,000

Total: $1,447,166

Kansas

Animal Disease Surveillance: $241,307

Animal Disease Response: $461,091

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $900,000

Total: $1,677,398

Kentucky

Animal Disease Surveillance: $91,573

Animal Disease Response: $200,606

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $367,178

Louisiana

Animal Disease Surveillance: $35,530

Animal Disease Response: $103,112

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $750,000

Total: $938,642

Maine

Animal Disease Surveillance: $10,855

Animal Disease Response: $60,185

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $121,040

Maryland

Animal Disease Surveillance: $19,220

Animal Disease Response: $74,737

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $168,957

Massachusetts

Animal Disease Surveillance: $8,764

Animal Disease Response: $56,548

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $140,312

Michigan

Animal Disease Surveillance: $62,296

Animal Disease Response: $149,675

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $105,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $900,000

Total: $1,216,972

Minnesota

Animal Disease Surveillance: $154,307

Animal Disease Response: $309,741

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $539,048

Mississippi

Animal Disease Surveillance: $42,222

Animal Disease Response: $114,753

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $231,975

Missouri

Animal Disease Surveillance: $26,748

Animal Disease Response: $87,833

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $189,581

Montana

Animal Disease Surveillance: $121,685

Animal Disease Response: $252,991

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $424,676

Nebraska

Animal Disease Surveillance: $249,663

Animal Disease Response: $475,626

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $800,289

Nevada

Animal Disease Surveillance: $26,329

Animal Disease Response: $87,105

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $163,434

New Hampshire

Animal Disease Surveillance: $7,509

Animal Disease Response: $54,365

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $111,875

New Jersey

Animal Disease Surveillance: $10,855

Animal Disease Response: $60,185

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $146,040

New Mexico

Animal Disease Surveillance: $70,243

Animal Disease Response: $163,499

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $283,742

New York

Animal Disease Surveillance: $77,771

Animal Disease Response: $176,596

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $200,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $1,650,000

Total: $2,104,368

North Carolina

Animal Disease Surveillance: $94,082

Animal Disease Response: $204,971

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $750,000

Total: $1,124,053

North Dakota

Animal Disease Surveillance: $92,152

Animal Disease Response: $201,613

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $368,765

Ohio

Animal Disease Surveillance: $77,333

Animal Disease Response: $175,834

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $328,168

Oklahoma

Animal Disease Surveillance: $183,582

Animal Disease Response: $360,670

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $70,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $614,252

Oregon

Animal Disease Surveillance: $64,388

Animal Disease Response: $153,314

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $292,702

Pennsylvania

Animal Disease Surveillance: $99,519

Animal Disease Response: $214,429

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $388,948

Puerto Rico

Animal Disease Surveillance: $198,154

Animal Disease Response: $386,020

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $634,174

Rhode Island

Animal Disease Surveillance: $5,418

Animal Disease Response: $50,727

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $25,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $81,145

South Carolina

Animal Disease Surveillance: $30,512

Animal Disease Response: $94,381

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $199,893

South Dakota

Animal Disease Surveillance: $181,073

Animal Disease Response: $356,304

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $587,377

Tennessee

Animal Disease Surveillance: $81,953

Animal Disease Response: $183,871

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $340,824

Texas

Animal Disease Surveillance: $457,520

Animal Disease Response: $1,837,225

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $300,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $2,000,000

Total: $4,594,745

Utah

Animal Disease Surveillance: $48,077

Animal Disease Response: $124,938

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $223,015

Vermont

Animal Disease Surveillance: $20,056

Animal Disease Response: $76,192

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $146,248

Virginia

Animal Disease Surveillance: $79,862

Animal Disease Response: $180,234

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $335,096

Virgin Islands

Animal Disease Surveillance: $5,000

Animal Disease Response: $25,000

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: 0

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $30,000

Washington

Animal Disease Surveillance: $62,715

Animal Disease Response: $150,403

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $750,000

Total: $1,038,118

West Virginia

Animal Disease Surveillance: $22,147

Animal Disease Response: $79,829

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $176,976

Wisconsin

Animal Disease Surveillance: $160,580

Animal Disease Response: $1,320,654

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $75,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: $2,000,000

Total: $3,556,234

Wyoming

Animal Disease Surveillance: $73,589

Animal Disease Response: $169,320

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: $50,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $292,909

Tribal Nations

Animal Disease Surveillance: 0

Animal Disease Response: $1,000,000

Plant Pest & Disease Detection: 0

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network: 0

Total: $1,000,000

Totals

Animal Disease Surveillance Total: $4,500,000

Animal Disease Response Total: $14,000,000

Plant Pest & Disease Detection Total: $4,335,000

Rapid Detection & Diagnostics Network Total: $20,600,000

Total: $43,435,000

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