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Pesticide News Story: EPA Announces Availability of Funding and Requests Proposals for Projects Addressing the Pest Management Needs of Minor Specialty Crop Growers

For Release: January 6, 2006

EPA has announced the availability of up to $615,000 in grant funds to support projects addressing critical pest management needs of U.S. minor and specialty crop growers. Interested parties may apply for grants by submitting proposals no later than February 21, 2006. The Agency anticipates funding up to five projects. The project period of performance is three years, with the possibility of extension. Projects will support EPA facilitation of the transition to reduced-risk pest management approaches for minor and specialty crops as required by FQPA. Examples of activities that may be funded include (1) projects that enable minor and/or specialty crop producers to take advantage of technical assistance and/or USDA Farm Bill or other conservation programs that can address critical pest management needs by using IPM tools and techniques and (2) those that develop and demonstrate reduced-risk IPM techniques and tools that address critical pest management needs on commercial farms. Additional examples are provided in the Request for Proposals document entitled "Minor and Specialty Crops Integrated Pest Management Special Projects," which can be accessed at www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/index.htm." For more information, contact Pat Cimino (cimino.pat@epa.gov) at 703-308-9357.

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