Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Dave.Chun@mail.house.gov

Support Weed Science Research in FY2019

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in supporting weed science research and management at the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) by requesting House agriculture
appropriators include report language aimed to build a next generation of sustainable weed management scientists trained in conservation and integration of biological control agent principles and practices to suppress noxious and invasive weeds. To sign onto
the letter, please contact Dave Chun at 202-226-1205 or
Dave.Chun@mail.house.gov.

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Dear Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Bishop:

As you consider the Fiscal Year 2019 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully ask for your support of
weed science research and management in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). We request the following language be included in the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee report.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture: FY2019 report language: “The Committee supports the establishment of a National Program Leader dedicated to Weed Science Research
and Management in the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.”

Establishing a National Program Leader (NPL) for weed science research and management aligns with NIFA’s mission to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension
to solve societal challenges. Competitive and capacity building research programs conducted and administered by NIFA will help mitigate the impact that weeds have on agricultural crops, grazing and public lands, and sensitive ecosystems.

Noxious and invasive weeds cause billions of dollars in lost profits for farmers and ranchers. State and local governments spend an enormous amount of tax resources to control and
eradicate weeds on public lands. The problem and scope of herbicide resistance weeds continues to grow exponentially. While mechanical, cultural, and classical weed control will continue to be part of the solution, a new paradigm of weed management research
is needed to focus on emerging areas such as intelligent site-specific weed removal technologies and gene drive systems that could revolutionize eco-friendly weed management in both agriculture and natural areas.

A NIFA NPL is a step forward in building a next generation of sustainable weed management scientists trained in conservation and integration of biological control agent principles
and practices to suppress noxious and invasive weeds. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,

Tulsi Gabbard

Colleen Hanabusa

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