APHIS Announces FY 2019 Open Period Dates for the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program

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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) 2019 open period for submitting suggestions to implement the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program.  The FY 2019 open period will last seven weeks from July 2, 2018, through August 17, 2018.  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.

APHIS will offer webinars in the coming days to assist anyone who is planning to submit a suggestion.  Webinar dates and audio and visual access info, which are also posted on the APHIS Web site, are as follows: 




Meeting #


Friday, July 6



960 741 010


Tuesday, July 10

11AM (EDT)



961 420 684


Tuesday, July 10



965 490 407


We will host these Webinars on CISCO Webex. Please be aware that you do not need to install the Webex add-on to view the presentation. Instead, you can run the temporary application by selecting the following options:

When you see the prompt: “Select Install or Allow to install the CISCO Webex add-on. Having trouble joining? Go here.” Click the “Go here” link.

When you see the next prompt: “Having trouble joining?  Try one of these options,” Select the first option: “Run a temporary application to join this meeting immediately.”

The toll-free call-in for all sessions is: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 7673969

Please send questions to:  farmbillsection10007@aphis.usda.gov


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

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

Mike Tadle (301-851-2215) & Monica Montero (301-851-2126) – Policy Management

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