US denies disaster funds on California Medflies
Los Gatos, Calif.
The federal government denied California's request for emergency disaster funds to help fight a $53 million war against the Mediterranean fruit fly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said a major disaster could not be declared for purposes of budgetary relief, adding that the US Agriculture Department gave in backyard fruit trees, has not affected commercial crops.Skip to next paragraph
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California, meanwhile, asked the US Supreme Court to stop five Southern states fro m enforcing quarantines on its fruit and vegetable crop.