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Pennsylvania proposes nearly $1.6 million to combat Spotted Lanternfly

Staff Writer |
Governor Tom Wolf proposed nearly $1.6 million in dedicated funding to combat the Spotted Lanternfly as part of his fiscal year 2018-19 budget plan.

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The funding, which is part of the Governor’s proposal for the state Department of Agriculture, will enable the commonwealth to protect its agricultural industry, trade with other states and countries, and Pennsylvanians living in areas that have been infested by the pest.

“For more than three years, we have been trying to contain — if not eradicate — the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

“When it first appeared in Berks County, it was the first time this particular species had been found in North America. And while we have limited its spread, it’s clear we need dedicated resources to mount an effective response plan.

“Governor Wolf understands the importance of agriculture to Pennsylvania’s economy, which is why he proposed this funding and is making it a priority.”

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long black, red and white spotted insect native to Southeast Asia. Since it was first identified in Pennsylvania in 2014, it has spread to 13 southeastern Pennsylvania counties.

Quarantines have been established in those counties to prevent the movement of Spotted Lanternflies at any stage of their lifecycle.


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