Maloney Welcomes Fed Assistance in Combatting Spotted Lanternfly
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) today hailed the federal government’s infusion of nearly $2.8 million to help fight the spread of the spotted lanternfly, an invasive species that appeared in Berks County last year.
Maloney has been very proactive from the beginning of the lanternfly appearance, working with the secretary of the Department of Agriculture and department officials to halt the insect’s advance in Pennsylvania.
“I have been very active in getting the state Department of Agriculture involved and coordinated on this and now we have federal help as well,” Maloney said. “The information we proactively delivered to government officials from ground zero of our own backyards helped state officials get a jump on this problem and we are hopeful this federal assistance will make a real difference.”
Through the United States Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania will receive $2.78 million to combat the spotted lanternfly. Of that amount, nearly $1.5 million will go to the state’s eradication program. The remainder of the funds will go to research and education.
The spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect from Asia that made its first known U.S. appearance in Berks County in November. The insect is known to harm fruit orchards, hardwoods and ornamentals.
Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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