TAMPA — U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend $6.7 million to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests that threaten Florida's agriculture and environment.
Officials said several projects will help prevent invasive species from taking over. The projects include enhancing inspection activities, additional detector dog training, developing tools to identify citrus pests and conducting outreach programs for international travelers who may unknowingly bring plan-based pests into Florida.
Florida's warm climate allows a variety of non-native species — both plant and animal — to thrive. Sometimes the non-native species kills or threatens native plants and animals.