Saturday centerpiece: Local fruitgrowers fear research aid will wither in budget cuts

Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 11:42 pm

When stinkbugs invaded Adams County orchards in the fall of 2010, Brad Hollabaugh turned immediately to the experts at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville for answers on how to make them go away.

Every Wednesday during growing season, Brad, who heads the pest management program at his family’s farm, Hollabaugh Bros. Inc. in Biglerville, collects unidentified insects from traps around the orchard and takes them to the Extension Center to be analyzed.

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  • Lurker posted at 11:12 am on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

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    This is precisely the sort of government funded program that the "funding cut zealots" want to see eliminated.

    It will be interesting to see if those in Adams County who decry government spending will want to keep this important research project or would prefer the cuts occur in someone else's backyard.

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