New York receives more funding to fight plum pox

02/13/2012 01:10:00 PM
Andy Nelson

New York stone fruit growers will receive more aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to offset losses from plum pox virus.

Peach, nectarine, cherry, plum and apricot growers forced to remove trees infected with the virus will receive $12,737 per acre from USDA, up from $9,429 per acre under a prior compensation program, according to a news release from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Under the new compensation agreement, USDA will pay 85% of compensation to growers, the State of New York 15%.

New York is the only U.S. state still afflicted with plum pox virus, which poses no health risks to humans but reduces the volume and quality of stone fruit.

New York growers have been removing trees afflicted with the virus since 2006.



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