H. R. 1426
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 7, 2023
Ms. Tokuda (for herself and Mr. Case) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to establish a floriculture and nursery plant health initiative, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Floriculture and Nursery Plant Health Initiative Act of 2023.
Establishing the Floriculture and Nursery Plant Health Initiative
Section 1672(d) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5925(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
Floriculture and Nursery Plant Health Initiative
Research and extension grants may be made under this section for the purposes of—
developing and disseminating science-based tools and treatments to combat plant pests (as defined in section 403 of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7702)) and pathogens that impact floriculture and nursery crops;
establishing area-wide integrated pest management programs in areas affected by, or areas at risk of being affected by, invasive plant pests or pathogens;
surveying and collecting data on the production of, health of, and markets for floriculture and nursery crops;
investigating the biology, genomics, and production systems of floriculture and nursery crops; and
conducting research on various factors that may contribute to (or be associated with) resilient floriculture and nursery crop systems, and combating other serious threats to floriculture and nursery crops, including research on—
utilizing beneficial insects, soil improvement techniques, and chemicals (organic and nonorganic) to improve the health and productivity of floriculture and nursery crops;
breeding new varieties to maintain the worldwide market advantage of the floriculture and nursery crop industries; and
best management practices in floriculture and nursery crop growing regions under various climate conditions.
Authorization of Appropriations
Section 1672(h) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 5925(h)) is amended by striking
2023 and inserting