Funding for Produce Protection Needed Now
(Sacramento) – It’s called Asian citrus psyllid. It carries a bacterial disease called Huanglongbing or HLB, and it’s posing a real threat to the California citrus industry. Exterminating that threat will require more funding so Assemblymember Doctor Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and the State Assembly have passed SB 243. “This bill makes a one-time appropriation from the Citrus Disease Management Account to CDFA so that existing reserve funds may be used immediately to fight citrus pests and diseases,” said Assemblymember Arambula. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.