Stabenow, Levin: Funding in Agriculture Appropriations Bill Will Help Control Cormorants, Combat Bovine TB, Stop the Emerald Ash Borer
The fiscal year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill approved by the U.S. Senate today provides funding to address important Michigan agriculture concerns, targeting such problems as the apple fire blight, bovine tuberculosis and cormorants.
"The Agriculture Appropriations bill includes funding to aid Michigan farmers, Michigan tourism and Michigan jobs," Stabenow said. "It increases funding for the fourth year in a row to help address the growing flocks of cormorants that threaten Michigan's fishing and tourism economy, and it helps contain bovine TB and the emerald ash borer and stop their spread. This is important funding for Michigan."
"This bill includes federal funding for Michigan in a number of key areas," said Levin. "It will provide a critical boost in our efforts to protect Michigan's agricultural sector. The $10 million to stop the spread of the emerald ash borer is especially important across the state. In addition, the bill will help Michigan's farmers to improve fruit cultivation methods and take advantage of the increased efficiency of sustainable practices."
The Senate bill contains the following funding for Michigan:
Cormorant control - $200,000
Emerald ash borer eradication - $10 million
Armillaria root rot - $151,000
Altarum Institute Great Lakes Pilot Program - $600,000
Improved fruit practices - $212,000
Bovine tuberculosis - $356,000
Sustainable agriculture - $384,000
Phytophthora research - $500,000
Apple fire blight (joint with New York) - $500,000
Wood utilization (joint with Arkansas, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee and West Virginia) - $6,235,000
Wolf Predation Management - $1.05 million (joint with Minnesota and Wisconsin)
Pasteurization of egg shells - $1.35 million