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USDA providing more funding to fight EAB

WASHINGTON - Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced an additional $28.2 million in emergency funding for the emerald ash borer eradication program.

In January, USDA initially provided $15.2 million in emergency funding for the EAB program through April. The new announcement brings the total funding for EAB to $43.4 million.

"The funds will be used for removal of infested trees and targeted surveillance activities, along with quarantine enforcement in areas affected by the pest," said Veneman.

EAB is an invasive species of wood boring beetles that targets ash trees in North America. It was first detected in July 2002 in southeastern Michigan and has since been found in Ohio, Maryland and Virginia. EAB is native to China and eastern Asia.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has been working cooperatively with state agencies, universities, greening industries and the international scientific community to develop strategies for the detection, control and eradication of EAB.

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