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Updated: 05/04/2017 08:30:03AM

Rooney secures millions to fight greening

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Congress will vote to approve approximately $61 million to combat greening. The disease has decimated the Florida citrus industry. This tree is an example of one that has been affected by greening.

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Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17), co-chair of the Congressional Citrus Caucus, helped secure approximately $61 million in funding to combat citrus greening disease in the 2017 Consolidated Appropriations bill. The bill will be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Florida’s citrus industry employees 75,000 people and accounts for $9 billion of the agriculture industry’s total economic impact.

Rooney is one of three members of Florida’s congressional delegation to sit on the House Appropriations Committee and also serves on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. In that capacity, he has worked on behalf of Florida’s citrus growers and producers to secure critical funding for citrus disease research programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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