Spotted Lanternfly Spreads as Federal Funds Announced

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 13 2018

Spread of a damaging new pest has been confirmed:  spotted lanternfly was positively identified in Frederick County, Virginia in January. Meanwhile, USDA is stepping up the fight. On February 9, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania. The monies will be shared between USDA-APHIS efforts to manage the expanding perimeter and Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture efforts to manage the epicenter. Surveillance and control will be prioritized.
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