The federal budget bill for fiscal year 2011 passed yesterday by both the Senate and the House of Representatives contains a mix of good and bad news for IPM funding. Funding for programs in the “section 406″ line, which had been eliminated in some plans, was partially restored.
- Regional Pest Management Centers are funded at $2,994,000 (down from $4,096,000 in FY 2010).
- The Methyl Bromide Transition Program reduced from $3,054,000 to $1,996,000
- The Organic Transition Program were reduced from $5,000,000 to $3,992,000
- Crops at Risk (CAR, $1,365,000 in 2010), eliminated
- FQPA Risk Mitigation Program (RAMP, $4,388,000 in 2010), eliminated
- Critical Issues Programs ($732,000 in 2010), eliminated.
Our current understanding is that a competition is required for distribution of the one year of Regional IPM Centers funds, and that successful applicants will probably budget to maintain operations (with the single year of funding and a potential one year no-cost extension) through August of 2013.