Federal funds target invasive species threatening onion farmers

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WASHINGTON – A $325,000 USDA grant will assist researchers combating the Allium leafminer, an invasive species of insect that threatens the area’s onion industry.   
A project led by professors Dr. Brian Nault of Cornell University and Dr. Shelby Fleischer of Penn State University is seeking to identify solutions to managing the threat from the insect, the first of which was discovered in Orange County in April 2017.
Local agricultural experts say the insect could inflict major damage to Orange County onion crops, but more search is needed to determine how growers can protect their crops from the pest.
Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney announced the grant.