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USDA Announces $22 Million Available for Research to Combat Citrus Greening
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $22 million in grants to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This funding is available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

New Invasive Threat Found in Lancaster County
An invasive pest new was discovered for the first time on a farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvanaia and has been found to have spread to at least four other counties, according to officials at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The invasive pest, known as allium leafminer Phytomyza gymnostoma, infects crops such as leeks, onions, garlic, chives, shallots and green onions. Previous research suggests that the pest can be more damaging in organic, non-commercial farms or homeowner gardens.

OMRI Exceeds 4,000 Products
OMRI (The Organic Materials Review Institute) exceeded 4,000 products reviewed and listed for organic use. OMRI Listed products are compliant with the organic standards and allowed for use in certified organic production.

Draft Risk Assessments for Five Pesticides Available for Public Comment
The EPA is releasing draft risk assessments on five pesticides for public comment as part of the registration review process, a program mandated by FIFRA that re-evaluates all pesticides on a 15-year cycle. The draft human health and ecological risk assessments will be available for 60 days for public comment. Two pesticides – aldicarb and coumaphos – are included.