No, not this one
Facing federal warnings that this summer’s stink bug invasion will be the worst ever, House lawmakers have OK’d a bill demanding that the Agriculture Department make the bug Public Pest No. 1 and speed efforts to kill it.
On Thursday, the House included language in a spending bill that directs Agriculture to prioritize ways to combat stink bugs, poised to wreak disaster in the nation’s fruit and vegetable fields later this summer. The stink bug has reached 39 states.
“Whether you have a home herb garden or acres of farmland, we can all agree that the pervasive problem of stink bug infestation needs to be tackled head-on,” said Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf, the plan’s sponsor. “The apple industry in the Mid-Atlantic states has lost tens of millions of dollars to these pests, and they threaten the vineyards that are an important part of Virginia’s economy,” he said. MORE