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Funding Available to Napa Growers Fighting the European Grapevine Moth

IN NAPA CONTACT:        
Rita Steiner (707) 252-4189, ex. 101
Kelly Gin    (707) 252-4189, ex. 104

Applications will be accepted through May 16, 2014

NAPA, Calif., April 17, 2014–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is offering assistance to Napa County growers to combat the European Grapevine Moth (EGVM). NRCS is offering Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools to farmers as an environmentally-safe alternative to treat the pests.

Eligible farmers are those located within 500 meters of a recorded trapping of EGVM in Napa County, Calif.

Treatment will be based on IPM systems for EGVM developed by the University of California. Treatment scenarios vary depending on the nearby pest incidence and will include use of compatible chemicals. Options are available for conventional farms and farms that are organic or seeking organic certification.  Financial assistance can be offered to eligible farmers through the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement approved practices for up to three years.  

EGVM was first discovered in Napa County in September, 2009.  USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and California's Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), are the federal and state agencies respectively charged with protecting the Nation and the State from foreign pests such as EGVM.  Beginning in 2010, APHIS, CDFA and local agricultural commissioners implemented intense trapping and monitoring, and USDA and CDFA implemented parallel federal and state quarantines.

Interested applicants have until May 16, 2014, to apply for funding assistance. In order to be considered eligible for financial assistance through EQIP, the applicant must have a vested interest in production agricultural and meet other program eligibility requirements.

For more information this program, please contact Rita Steiner, NRCS District Conservationist in Napa County, at (707) 252-4189 ext. 101, or Kelly Gin at ext. 104, or visit the Napa County Field Office at 1303 Jefferson Street, Suite 5008, Napa, Calif., 94559.

Additional information on EGVM is available from APHIS at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/eg_moth/index.shtml and from CDFA at http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/egvm/index.html.

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