4/6/11 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Ag experts say America's bats are dying and the Ag industry could suffer from the loss.

A study in the journal "Science" says insect-eating bats save the agriculture industry at least three billion dollars a year. The report notes hundreds of thousands of bats are dying from a mysterious illness called white nose syndrome.

The illness has killed more than one million bats in the Northeast in the past few years.

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Entomologists give ominous warning to Valley grape growers.

University of California entomologists tell farmers if they don't spray at least two sprays soon they will have a very hard time dealing with moths who feast on grape plants and other crops.

Ag officials want to make sure the moths are no longer found in the quarantine zone. 7,500 traps are up in Fresno County.

If no moths are found, the quarantine is expected to be lifted by the end of the year.

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