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S. 2885 (117th): Macadamia Tree Health Initiative Amendments Act


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 29, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2885

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 29, 2021

(for himself and Ms. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

A BILL

To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to modify the macadamia tree health initiative, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Macadamia Tree Health Initiative Amendments Act.

2.

Macadamia tree health initiative

Section 1672(d) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5925(d)) is amended by striking paragraph (11) and inserting the following:

(11)

Macadamia tree health initiative

(A)

Definitions

In this paragraph, the terms noxious weed and plant pest have the meanings given those terms in section 403 of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7702).

(B)

High-priority research and extension

Research and extension grants may be made under this section for the purposes of—

(i)

developing and disseminating science-based tools and treatments to combat plant pests and noxious weeds that impact macadamia trees;

(ii)

establishing an areawide integrated pest management program in areas affected by, or areas at risk of being affected by, invasive plant pests or noxious weeds;

(iii)

surveying and collecting data on macadamia tree production and health;

(iv)

investigating macadamia tree biology, immunology, ecology, genomics, and bioinformatics; and

(v)

conducting research on various factors that may contribute to or be associated with macadamia tree immune systems, and other serious threats to macadamia trees, including—

(I)

the sublethal effects of insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides on beneficial insects and plants to macadamia tree growth; and

(II)

the development of mitigative and preventative measures to improve habitat conservation and best management practices in macadamia tree growing regions.

(C)

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this paragraph such sums as are necessary for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2033.

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