Florida to receive $6 million for pest control

Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 08:21:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida will receive $6 million in federal funding to help control disease and eradicate pests that threaten the state's agriculture, including Giant African Land Snails.

In a statement sent Friday, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said the money is coming from the federal Farm Bill.

In addition to the giant snail mitigation project, the money will help pay for detector dog teams, citrus research, avocado protection and a honey bee survey. It will also fund the "Traveler's Don't Pack a Pest Outreach Program," which cautions people not to bring harmful insects, diseases and bacteria from other locales when entering Florida.