WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced that universities in seven states will receive $1.1 million to study the economic implications of preventing, controlling or eradicating invasive pests and diseases.
"The control of invasive plant pests and foreign animal diseases is a major priority in protecting our environment and agricultural sector," said Johanns. "This research will help identify effective strategies for preventing the introduction of invasive species and managing their presence."
The agreements announced today will provide funding to universities in Arizona, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Among the subjects these projects will examine are:
The complete list of awards is online.
These research projects are competitively awarded by the Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management, administered by USDA's Economic Research Service. PREISM studies will provide analytically based principles, guidelines, and criteria for invasive species policy and program decision making, as well as the economic information, modeling systems, or other tools that support the decision making. More information about these projects is online.
SOURCE: USDA news release.