Federal Money To Help Fight Beetle Infestation
The U.S Agriculture Department says nearly 15 million dollars will be available for battling the tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle in Ohio. Secretary Tom Vilsack says it will help federal and state officials increase tree inspection surveys to determine the extent of the infestation and ensure quick removal of beetle-bearing trees. The beetle was discovered in Clermont County last year. So far, nearly 85 hundred Ohio trees have been removed. The beetles are believed to have arrived in cargo shipments from Asia.