APHIS Announces Open Period Dates for Fiscal Year 2018 Farm Bill 10007

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today the dates of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 open period for submitting suggestions to implement Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs of the 2014 Farm Bill. The FY 2018 open period will last six weeks from July 10, 2017, through August 18, 2017. There will be $75 million available with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). The open period for submitting NCPN project suggestions will be announced separately.


More information about the FY 2018 open period will be posted soon on the Farm Bill Web site. APHIS will offer webinars in the coming days to assist anyone who is planning to submit a suggestion. The schedule for the webinars are as follows:



July 5

3:00 pm eastern time

General Public (Suggestion Help Session)


July 6

11:00 am eastern time

General Public (Suggestion Help Session)


July 7

11:00 am eastern time

General Public (Suggestion Help Session)


July 11

3:00 pm eastern time

General Public (Suggestion Help Session)


Webinar Details:


Join the VISUAL portion at:


July 5


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18


July 6


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18A


July 7


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18B


July 11


Meeting ID = FarmBill_FY18C


The AUDIO connection information for all the Webinars is the same.


Join the AUDIO portion: Dial Toll-free: +1 (888) 844-9904   Participant code: 7673969


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Questions about the FY 2018 open period should be sent to farmbillsection10007@aphis.usda.gov.




The Farm Bill Management Team


Feridoon Mehdizadegan (919-855-7521) – Field Operations

Erich Rudyj (919-855-7447) – National Clean Plant Network

Mike Tadle (301-851-2215) – Policy Management

Ron Weeks (919-855-7297) – Science & Technology