The California Institute of Winegrowers, Wine Institute and Family Winemakers of California sent a joint letter this week to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging full funding of European Grapevine Moth eradication efforts.

Last fall, a group of international and domestic experts convened by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine released a recommended eradication plan for 2013 that costs $8.2 million to implement. Officials with the California Department of Food and Agriculture have expressed their willingness to contribute $1.7 million toward that eradication plan, leaving a balance of $6.5 million for USDA to fund.

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