Congress: What to do about stink bugs?

7:43 AM, Jul 3, 2012   |    comments
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Stink bugs have now been sighted in 33 states, including Georgia. (Courtesy USDA)

ATLANTA -- It's time to take action against the stink bug.

That's what Congress has decided, passing a Farm Bill that would, in part, include $831,000 worth of funding to research the bugs and what could kill them.

According to the Washington Examiner, congressional leaders are concerned about the extensive damage the bugs are causing to crops and are pushing the Department of Agriculture to find a solution.

The bug in question is the brown marmorated stink bug, a native of Asia that likely made its way to America on a Pennsylvania-bound cargo load in the late 1990s.

The bugs have now spread to 38 states, stretching from Georgia as far west as Washington state. The bugs have not reached crisis level in Georgia, but have reportedly caused tremendous loss of apple crops in the mid-Atlantic states.

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