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USDA allocates $50 m for pest control

The USDA has allocated $50 million to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten US agriculture and the environment. The funding has been allocated under section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill. The projects to be funded include surveys of European grapevine moths ( Lobesia botrana) in eight states, sudden oak death ( Phytophthora ramorum) in 17 states, plum pox virus in ten states, tomato leafminers ( Tuta absoluta) in nine states and forest pests in 14 states. Pests and diseases targeted for control or eradication include plum pox virus in New York, Mexican fruit flies ( Anastrepha ludens) in Texas, gypsy moths ( Lymantria dispar) in Washington and European grapevine moths in California.


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