Washington State University Extension, in partnership with county conservation districts and pest boards, announced in a news release the availability of cost-share funds for the removal and testing of trees infected with X disease and little cherry virus.

Funding for the cost-share program, which began Oct. 1, 2021, is provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. 

Eligible cherry, peach, nectarine, plum and other stone fruit orchards must have suffered a tree loss due to lab-confirmed X disease phytoplasma, little cherry virus 2 or little cherry virus 1. Reimbursement levels are up to 50 percent for up to 10 acres, with a maximum of $7,500 per applicant. 

For more information and an application, go to: https://treefruit.wsu.edu/cost-share-for-little-cherry-and-x-disease-tree-removal.

—by Jonelle Mejica