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Federal Grants To Help Fight Pests In Washington

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Recent federal grants will help Washington continue to send out a SWAT team to go after snails and evasive moths that like to munch on grapes.

State agriculture officials say those pests can cut billions out of Washington's exports each year.

The state and its universities have been awarded almost $816,000 for pest prevention and management projects by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The money was made available in the recently approved federal farm bill.

The state used to get money from the USDA's Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey to pay for pest detection, but that program has been cut.

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