WASHINGTON, D.C. - About $125 million sought by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to ramp up the fight against a disease that’s threatening Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry is on the way today to passing Congress, according to the Florida lawmaker.
A provision included in the bipartisan farm bill, Nelson said, will provide $25 million a year for the next five years to fund research into combating and eradicating the citrus-greening disease that’s killing crops not only in Florida, but also in California, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia and South Carolina.
“This means people will still have orange juice to drink,” Nelson (D-FL) said in a statement.
The farm bill was approved today by a conference committee made up of members from the Senate and House and from both sides of the political aisle – making final congressional passage fairly certain. The full text of the conference report is scheduled to be released later today.
The $125 million in the bill comes on top of some $20 million Nelson recently helped secure to combat citrus greening.