Coffee fungus raising prices, A&M could help

Coffee fungus raising prices, A&M could help

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Coffee fungus raising prices, A&M could help

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Associated Press

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 7:59 AM

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government is stepping up efforts to help Central American farmers fight a devastating coffee disease - and hold down the price of your morning cup.

Some researchers in Texas could help.
 
Raj Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, on Monday is expected to announce a $5 million partnership with Texas A&M University's World Coffee Research center to try to eliminate the fungus.
 
Experts say the fungus called coffee rust has caused more than $1 billion in damage across Latin American region. The fungus is especially deadly to Arabica coffee, the bean that makes up most high-end, specialty coffees.
 
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica have all been hard hit. 
 
 

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