Citrus Research Bill Dies In Senate

Taylor Hillman Citrus, General

Research Bill Dies
A bill that would have provided funds for research into citrus greening disease has died in the senate. Sabrina Hill reports.
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The bill was attached to a larger one that would have reauthorized trust funds for the wool and cotton industries. All three are now without that funding. Citrus greening disease has been found in some California citrus, and is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid. The bill was sponsored by Florida Senator Bill Nelson and supported by California senator Dianne Feinstein. It passed the Senate Finance Committee in July, but did not make it through in the lame-duck session, once the focus turned to the fiscal cliff.