State Ag Secretary Updates Lawmakers On Spotted Latternfly

During House Appropriations Committee budget hearing, Pennsylvania's Agriculture Secretary provided an update on the state's efforts to control the Spotted Lanternfly. It's been almost five years since the Spotted Lanternfly was first detected in Pennsylvania, posing a threat to crops, hardwoods, and other agricultural sectors. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding told state lawmakers that experts have had to develop their own strategy since Pennsylvania was the first US state to be affected by this pest which is native to Asia. The state has budgeted 3 million dollars to fight the pest, along 17 million in federal funding. Nearby Schuylkill County is part of 13 county quarantine zone set-up by the state Ag Department where the Spotted Laternfly has been sighted.