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Feds promise $30M to fight citrus greening

Feds promise $30M to fight citrus greening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend $30 million fighting citrus greening, the disease that has decimated Florida's most famous fruit crop. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday in Orlando that the funding will be split between long-term research and shorter-term measures. Vilsack says $23 million will fund research on lasting solutions at four universities. Those schools are the University of Florida; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Riverside; and Kansas State University. Another $7 million will fund specific projects. One project lowers pH levels in irrigation water and soil to strengthen root systems in citrus trees. Another...

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