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USDA Announces $22 Million Available for Research to Combat Citrus Greening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $22 million in grants to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This funding is available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Since 2009, USDA has committed significant resources to manage, research and eradicate the citrus greening disease that threatens citrus production in the United States and other nations,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Thanks to the continued, coordinated efforts between growers, researchers, and state and federal government, we are getting closer every day to ending this threat. The funding announced today will help us continue to preserve thousands of jobs for citrus producers and workers, along with significant revenue from citrus sales.” Continue reading

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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Texas quarantine changes: fruit fly lifted, HLB expanded

From Southwest Farm Press

As research continues to ramp up in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (USDA-APHIS) nationwide efforts to fight the spread of Huanglongbing (HLB), or Citrus Greening disease (CG), officials have announced expansion of its existing quarantine zone in Texas to include two more counties.

The expanded HLB quarantine zone wasn’t the only news developments from APHIS concerning Texas agriculture last week. On a more promising note, APHIS announced they have lifted the Mexican fruit fly quarantine area imposed for Hidalgo County in South Texas earlier this year after three life cycles passed without finding additional Mexican fruit flies in the area.

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USDA syncs agencies on citrus greening

In Southeast Farm Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture looks to better manage the fight against citrus greening across the country, creating what it calls a Multi-Agency Coordination Group for Huanglongbing, or HLB, which causes the bacterial disease. And it’s kicking in $1 million to get it going.

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Heat treatments effective against citrus greening

Citrus greening is the most serious threat ever to the Florida citrus industry and is costing millions of dollars every year.

But researchers may have discovered a breakthrough that will help in the fight against greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB).

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Recipe for HLB-affected Citrus: Apply Heat—Lots of It

In ARS News

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are literally turning up the heat on citrus greening as part of new technology they’ve developed to control this devastating disease that threatens the Florida citrus industry.

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Florida Residents Get Wake-Up Call On HLB

From Growing Produce

USDA has launched a new effort in Florida to raise awareness about the threat of citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). The campaign is aimed at residents of the state, who may not be aware of the major pest threat that is likely residing in their dooryard trees. Residents are cautioned “Our Citrus is Going Green!” and encouraged to “Help Save Our Citrus.”

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