Federal Funds Allocated for Citrus Greening Research
Lakeland Ledger – July 12, 2011
Amid a tough budget battle in Washington, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced he’s secured $11 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture money during the next four years for scientific research to control citrus greening, a deadly bacterial disease threatening the viability of commercial citrus growing in Florida. The first $2 million installment will go to the USDA’s Horticulture Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce earmarked only for greening research, Nelson announced in a Monday press statement. The USDA has committed another $5 million after Oct. 1, the beginning of the federal fiscal year, for greening-related research in Florida, California and other citrus-producing states. Another $2 million will become available in the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years.