USDA to Invest $70 Million in Plant Pest and Disease Defense
- The USDA has allocated $70 million to protect against plant pests and diseases.
- The funds will be used to combat the box tree moth and sudden oak death, which pose a threat to the agricultural and natural resources industries.
- The box tree moth, native to Asia, has the potential to damage a wide range of trees and plants, including boxwood, hollies, and other ornamental plants.
- Sudden oak death is caused by a fungus-like pathogen that affects oak trees, causing widespread mortality.
- The USDA aims to prevent the spread of these pests and diseases through early detection, surveillance, and outreach efforts.
The USDA’s investment of $70 million in plant pest and disease defense is a crucial step in protecting the agricultural and natural resources industries from the threats posed by the box tree moth and sudden oak death. By focusing on early detection, surveillance, and outreach, the USDA aims to prevent the spread of these pests and diseases and safeguard the health of trees and plants. This investment highlights the importance of proactive measures in maintaining the resilience and sustainability of our plant life.