Citrus groves in Texas, California, Georgia and Florida are facing citrus greening—a devastating disease that makes fruit bitter and unmarketable. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a new effort to attempt to control the disease, according to the Texas Public Radio.
To coordinate with the efforts by the citrus industry and the various state and federal agencies, the USDA is allocating $1 million to support research to combat the bacterial disease. The USDA has already committed more than $250 million to fight greening and more funds dedicated to research are in the farm bill that's currently before Congress.
"We felt it was necessary for us to have a more coordinated effort with the state and local partners and with the industry," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Florida and Georgia are under quarantine from the disease and parts of California, Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina are under partial quarantine.