Florida receives $6 million from farm bill to fight ag pests

04/02/2013 04:22:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Florida avocadosVicky BoydSome of the funding Florida received through the federal farm bill will go toward protecting the state's avocado industry from pests.Florida will receive about $6 million in federal funding through the Farm Bill to help fight agricultural pests and diseases.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will receive $5.4 million, with the rest going into research, according to a news release.

Among the state programs that will receive funds are the

• Giant African land snail mitigation,

• Florida detector dog teams,

• Research and development for citrus health,

• Traveler's Don't Pack a Pest outreach program,

• Protection of avocado production and

• Honey bee national survey.

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