Sending Out Heavy Artillery and Grant Funds To Save the Grapes

May 16, 2014 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

grapes--1433062-2-mFederal grant funds go to both large programs and small, but I recently came across an interesting article out of Kennewick, Wash., about how grant funds are being used to eradicate pasts from grapes. But what really made the story interesting was the language used by the Associated Press reporter who wrote the story, especially the lead paragraph.

I give you the following: “KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Recent federal grants will help Washington continue to send out a SWAT team to go after snails and evasive moths that like to munch on grapes.” Now can you picture that? A SWAT team! Wow! Images of machine gun-toting fighters in full riot gear swooping in on the miniscule creatures filled my head after reading that sentence. I had to read on.

It seems that the snails and moths are costing Washington state billions of dollars, so the Department of Agriculture has awarded states and universities about $816,000 in grant funds for pest prevention and management projects. Despite these funds, officials in Washington state say it still may take a couple more years to completely kill off all of the snails and moths. Alas, the rest of the story never mentioned anything further about the “SWAT team.”

I wish them the best of luck out there in Washington state. We here on the East Coast have our own problems with insects and other animals ruining plants and crops. Perhaps sending out a SWAT team truly is necessary to let these bugs know we mean business. It’s money well spent, I say. SAVE THE GRAPES!!

Let us know if there are any grant programs out there that you think need special recognition. We’d like to hear from you.


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