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USDA awards $4.6 million to fight RRD
The USDA has announced an award of a $4.6 million for a five-year grant to combat rose rosette disease (RRD). RRD is a mite born viral disease that threatens to decimate the US landscape rose industry and eliminate one of the most popular garden plants from American yards. The funds are matched by $4.6 million of in-kind and cash contributions from major industry growers and breeders.