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USDA announces $21.8m in funding to combat citrus disease

Staff Writer | April 12, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $21.8 million in available funding to combat and manage citrus greening disease.
Citrus disease
Farming in America   Citrus greening disease
Citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB), which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States.

The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

The goal of the Citrus Disease Research and Extension program is to combat citrus diseases and pests, which pose imminent harm to United States citrus production and threaten the future viability of the citrus industry.

CDRE provides support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, technologies, and solutions discovered through the funded research and extension activities.

Pre-applications may only be submitted by federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, state agricultural experiment stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities.

Pre-applications are due on May 12, 2017.