California invasive pests - $1.75 million to control grape-eating moth

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California invasive pests - $1.75 million to control grape-eating moth


US Agriculture Department pledges $1.75 million to control grape-eating moth in California

Associated Press

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FRESNO, CALIF. — Federal agriculture officials say the government will spend another $1.75 million to fight a pest that has imperiled California's signature fruit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said Tuesday it will use funding from the 2008 farm bill to arrest the spread of the European grapevine moth.

The moth, which feeds on grapes, other fruit and flower buds, is considered a serious threat to California's $18 billion wine industry. Fresno Democrat Jim Costa says the effort to control the pest has already seen $3 million in funding from the department and the farm bill.

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