Citrus industry backfills federal funds in Valley pest fight
The federal shutdown isn't stopping California's citrus industry from keeping up its fight against a potentially devastating citrus pest.
The industry's California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee is contributing up to $100,000 to help replace federal funding used to help battle the Asian citrus psyllid in the central San Joaquin Valley.
A quarantine area has been created in several regions of the Valley's citrus belt after the tiny bug was discovered. The most recent finds were near Dinuba, Strathmore and Ducor.
The psyllid is a major threat to the state's $2-billion citrus industry because of its ability to carry a deadly plant disease known as citrus greening, or huanglongbing.
The county, state and federal government are working jointly to ...