U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement of $173,151 for Michigan State University pest management research. This funding, which comes from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will help researchers develop an alternative to spraying insecticides on fruit. ‘Michigan State is a leader when it comes to agricultural research,’ said Senator Stabenow. ‘Better pest management means cheaper and more efficient crop production for farmers and safer food for our families.’ The award will help Michigan State University develop a device to attract and kill pests like codling moths and stink bugs without spraying insecticides, which will reduce the cost of spraying pesticides and minimize residue on fruit. This support is part of nearly $4.2 million announced today for projects across the country.
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