USDA Announces Emergency Funding to Address Exotic Fruit Fly Outbreak

On December 15 the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it will use emergency funding to address the growing outbreaks of exotic fruit flies and New World Screwworm. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack approved the transfer of $213.3 million from the Commodity Credit Corporation, of which $103.5 million will go directly to address known outbreaks of fruit flies in California and increase preventive activities in other susceptible areas in the United States.

Read the full press release from APHIS here.

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