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Citrus Greening Quarantine Expands into California's San Luis Obispo

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An additional portion of California's San Luis Obispo County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP)—a pest that acts as a carrier spreading a devastating disease of citrus trees—following the detection of one psyllid within the City of Arroyo Grande in the Highlands area.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced $30 million in funding "for 22 projects to help citrus producers combat Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening." (Read more about citrus production around the world and the latest innovations in the March edition of P&F Magazine)

According to reports, the quarantine expansion adds 32 square miles, bringing the total quarantine area in San Luis Obispo County to 275 square miles. A link to the quarantine map may be found here: www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/go/acp-qmaps.

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