Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Sent By:
Marvin.Mathew@mail.house.gov

Dear
Colleagues:

Please
join me 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 to 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.

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. 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.

I
hope you will join me in signing the letter to House Agriculture Appropriation Subcommittee Chairman Bishop and Ranking Member Fortenberry to include the report language below. Please contact Marvin Mathew at
Marvin.Mathew@mail.house.gov
or 202-226-1205 to add your name.

 

The
text of the letter is below.

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Dear Chairman Bishop and
Ranking Member Fortenberry:

As
you consider the Fiscal Year 2020 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

FY2020 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 considering
our request. 

                            Sincerely,
 

Tulsi
Gabbard
           
Member of Congress

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