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- Farm law: $125 million earmarked for HLB research
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The 2014 farm law includes $125 million earmarked for Huanglongbing disease (citrus greening) research.
Symptoms of Huanglongbing disease (HLB), also called citrus greening, include yellow leaf blotching asymmetrical in shape.
Efforts to combat citrus greening or Huanglongbing (HLB) will receive a five-year, $25 million per-year shot in the arm, thanks to the 2014 farm law.
An additional $6.5 million was given to several other projects through the USDA’s Huanglongbing Multi-Agency Coordination Group (HLB MAC).
The USDA programs will fund multi-state, multi-disciplinary research to find a cure for the deadly citrus disease.
Grant funding information is available.
Successful applicants are expected to engage stakeholders to insure solutions are commercially feasible. Due to how grant funding works, a USDA spokesman says it is umknown which agencies, organizations, or universities could receive funding.
Projects should also include an economic analysis of the costs associated with proposed solutions.
A letter of intent to apply is due to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) by June 27. Full applications, requested based on relevancy review, are due Sept. 29.
“USDA is committed to the fight against citrus greening, including making major research investments to counter this destructive disease,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“The citrus industry and the thousands of jobs it supports are depending on groundbreaking research to neutralize this threat.”
Since there are wide differences in the occurrence and progression of HLB among the states, there are regional and national priorities for the Citrus Disease Research and Education Program (CRDE). These priorities fall within four categories: those which deal with the pathogen, insect vector, citrus orchard production systems, and non-agricultural citrus tree owners.