From: The Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
katie.kamelamela@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/22/2017

Combat Invasive Species and Agricultural Bugs with

AREAWIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (AIPM)

 

ORIGINAL CO-SPONSORSHIP: COB MONDAY MARCH 27, 2017

Dear Colleague:

In support of our nation’s farmers, ranchers, dairymen, and land managers, we invite you join us in our letter to Chair Robert Aderholt and Ranking Member Sanford Bishop, Chair and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, to request support for areawide integrated pest management (AIPM) in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Agricultural Research Services (ARS).

Invasive species are responsible for crop loss, livestock deaths, and deforestation that cost our economy billions of dollars each year.  AIPM has a proven record in increasing return on investments, reducing the impact of noxious pests on agriculture, ranching,
and natural resources, and protecting human health and the environment.

If you would like to sign on the letter, please contact Katie Kamelamela at 202-225-4906 or Katie.Kamelamela@mail.house.gov by Monday, March 27, 2017.
Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Tulsi Gabbard                                                      Jerry McNerney

Member of Congress                                           Member of Congress

 

John Garamendi                                                Colleen Hanabusa

Member of Congress                                            Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

 

March 2017

 

The Honorable Robert Aderholt

Chairman

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

U.S. House of Representatives

235 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

The Honorable Sanford Bishop

Ranking Member

House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

U.S. House of Representatives

2407 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC  20515

 

Dear Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Bishop:

As you consider the Fiscal Year 2018 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you support Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) systems in the National Institute
of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Crop Protection and Pest Management Program (CP/PM Program) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).  We request the following language be included in the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee report.

Report Language:  “The Committee supports NIFA in the development and implementation of AIPM projects.  We are impressed with the development of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program.  The Committee adds an additional $10 million
to this program and directs the Agency to implement AIPM programs that are to be planned in coordination with ARS and other federal agencies and implemented by cross-institutional teams (including farmers, ranchers, land managers, etc.) at the local level.”

Report Language:  “The Committee supports the highly effective efforts of ARS’ work on AIPM and commends the Agency for its continued commitment to AIPM.  The Committee directs the Agency to use $5 million for AIPM so that existing programs
can be adequately funded and new efforts can be designed and implemented across the country.”

AIPM systems consistently show an increase return on investments for farmers, ranchers, dairymen, and land managers.  AIPM systems provides them with multiple pest management options using tactics that are developed specifically to control pests on appropriate
geographic areas typically larger than a single field or farm.

Presidents, Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, scientists, farmers, ranchers, and land managers agree that AIPM strategies have important economic, health, and environmental benefits.  The Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA) of 1996 directs federal
agencies to use IPM techniques in carrying out pest management activities and promote IPM through procurement and regulatory policies, and other activities.  Clearly, the mandate to develop and implement large scale AIPM has been supported for many years.
The problem however, has been lack of adequate funding and a coordinated central effort to select and implement such projects.

AIPM is in line with NIFA’s CP/PM Program, which is to provide support for research, extension and education through a mixture of national and regional competitive grant competitions that address five program areas as follows:  plant protection tactics and
tools, diversified IPM systems, enhancing agricultural biosecurity, IPM for sustainable communities, and development of the next generation of IPM scientists.

NIFA and ARS have a long history of managing large research grants that adhere to a consortium approach involving multiple institutions such as federal agencies, state governments, educational and research institutions, and extension efforts in combination
with local communities and stakeholders.  Thus, we fully endorse funding for AIPM within NIFA and ARS, and ask for your favorable consideration of our request.

Again, thank you for your consideration.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Katie Kamelamela at 5-4906 or Katie.Kamelamela@mail.house.gov.  Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

 

Tulsi Gabbard                                                      Jerry McNerney

Member of Congress                                           Member of Congress

 

John Garamendi                                                Colleen Hanabusa

Member of Congress                                            Member of Congress