Because of concern about the possible elimination of the LBAM Federal Order, Western Growers recently submitted a letter to APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea in support of retaining the Light Brown Apple Moth Program, which is designed to halt the spread of the pest.
In response to Western Growers and other industry representatives submitting letters of support, APHIS has stated that it has no intention to rescind the LBAM Federal Order and that it remains committed to the LBAM Program. Additionally, Dr. Leavitt of CDFA reported that the National Plant Board elected to table the vote on adopting the LBAM Harmonization Plan after hearing California industry’s perspective and learning that APHIS will continue with their support of the federal LBAM Program.
With the commitment from APHIS to continue its support of the LBAM Program, all affected parties need to continue their efforts to ensure federal funding levels match required activities. As efficiency efforts with the Program develop, resource needs will be reduced. However, with the current required activities a funding level of $4.622 million is needed for the next agreement period, October 1, 2013- September 30, 2014.
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