Smucker Statement on Announcement of Emergency Funding to Combat Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) issued the following statement after U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the Spotted Lanternfly in Pennsylvania:
“Today’s announcement by Secretary Perdue is welcomed news. Since the Spotted Lanternfly was first found in Berks County, there has been an effective, coordinated response from local municipalities, the Pennsylvania state government, and the federal government to stop the spread of this dangerous invasive species. The $17.5 million response from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go a long way in supporting that effort and protecting the livelihoods of farmers and homeowners in our communities. I will continue my ongoing efforts to help ensure the necessary resources are available to combat the Spotted Lanternfly, and am thankful Secretary Perdue recognizes the serious threat posed to the people I represent.”
On January 18, 2018, Rep. Smucker led the Pennsylvania House delegation in writing to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (MN-07) seeking to secure $20 to $40 million in Farm Bill funding to help eradicate the Spotted Lanternfly. You can read that letter here.
Additionally, Rep. Smucker participated in a roundtable discussion at the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 where he heard directly from farmers and Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Redding about the impact of the Spotted Lanternfly. Pennsylvania Reps. GT Thompson, Dwight Evans, and Tom Marino also participated in the discussion, as well as Roger Marshall from Kansas, Collin Peterson from Minnesota, and Greg Ibach, Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.