Farmers Hopeful Disease Won't Spread into Missouri

8 years 3 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 02 2010 Sep 2, 2010 Thursday, September 02, 2010 8:50:36 AM CDT September 02, 2010 in News
MILLER COUNTY - A disease called Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD) may wipe out every bit of Missouri's eastern black walnut trees.

Missouri is home to more than 50 million of the trees, and the tree serves as a big industry for timber and nut production in the state.

The loss of the entire species may cost hundreds of millions of dollars. If TCD were to reach Missouri, we have estimated that the economic impact would be $850 million dollars over a period of 20 years," said Missouri Department of Conservation worker Angela Belden.

The figure takes into account all of the losses within the industry as well as costs associated with property values that their shade has on people's homes.

Tony and Lorraine Barnicle owned at one time more than 1100 black walnut trees on their property. What began as a hobby in the 1970's turned into numerous family recipes and even a side business with their unique pickled black walnut.

"We found out we had a good product and we looked for ways to market it to the public," said Mr. Barnicle.

The so called "King and Queen" of pickled black walnuts are aware that if TCD invades their land, their business and their hobby of over 30 years will vanish.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says there is no indication yet that Thousand Cankers Disease is in Missouri.

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