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Updated: 02/01/2014 08:00:02AM

Bill aims at citrus greening

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The focus of Wednesday’s passage of a long-delayed Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives was on changes to subsidies paid to farms and food stamp cuts, but Rep. Tom Rooney, a Republican who represents Florida’s 17th District, thinks its investment in citrus diseases represents a “huge victory” for the industry and consumers.

The 10-year, $965 billion bill, which awaits a Senate vote Monday, passed the House by a 251-166 margin. It includes between $125 million and $250 million for research aimed at eradicating citrus greening, a bacterial infection that has spread quickly to every citrus-producing county in Florida.

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