California Citrus Greening and Gas Prices Unchanged
**Spread by the invasive Asian citrus psyllid, “citrus greening disease” arrived in Florida in 2005 and has since devastated the state’s citrus production.
In California, where the psyllid was first detected in 2008 and the first infection was found on a residential tree in 2012, no commercial citrus has been infected.
Officials credit an intensive psyllid detection and eradication program, industry awareness and mitigation tools, as well as California’s climate, for warding off spread of the disease.
**The USDA recently opened the financial assistance application process for eligible farmers who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says, opening the application process is an important step in delivering on our commitment of providing financial assistance to those who faced discrimination.
The website includes English- and Spanish-language applications for download or submit via an e-filing portal.
**The nation's average gas price remained unchanged from a week ago, holding at $3.50 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.
The national average DIESEL price fell 1.3 cents and stands at $3.79 per gallon.
GasBuddy's Patrick De Haan says, following the Fourth of July, average gas prices have struggled to find much momentum in either direction as the price of crude continues to bounce around.