National Invasive Species Awareness Week, events in North Carolina

February 23rd will kick off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which is a nationwide event created to increase knowledge about invasive species, prevention methods, and management. Everyone is invited to participate in the events that will occur throughout the week, including webinars on various topics. National Invasive Species Awareness Week information and webinar registration information can be found at http://www.nisaw.org/.

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Vilsack Announces $30 Million to Fight Citrus Disease

USDA Targets Citrus Greening with Promising Tools and Long Term Solutions

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $30 million in funding today for 22 projects to help citrus producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, a devastating citrus disease that threatens U.S. citrus production. The money will fund promising projects that could offer near-term solutions as well as research funding that may develop long-terms solutions. The promising near-term tools and solutions are funded through the HLB Multiagency Coordination Group while the research projects are funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative Citrus Disease Research and Education (CDRE) program, which is made available through the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill).

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