It’s proposal season at the Citrus Research Board (CRB). We are in the process of collecting and reviewing scientific project proposals submitted by researchers offering solutions on a spectrum of different topics, from new varieties to pest management to food safety to production efficiency, which will ultimately ensure the sustainability of the California citrus industry.
As we live through the current pandemic of COVID-19, the CRB continues to work hard to ensure we remain as close to business as usual as possible. Our Board and Committees have continued conducting business through “virtual” meetings, conference calls, and via email. We continue to remain connected (albeit remotely), still able to provide and share news relevant to the programs we support. We are also using this time as an opportunity to re-calibrate and prioritize our time and be optimistic that there is something positive we can take from this crisis.
I genuinely believe we are all in this together. As part of this agricultural supply chain community, we witness every day that “we are all in this together.” Like all “essential” businesses, the farming community understands the critical care growers are taking to ensure their employees’ health and safety as our essential workers continue to toil each day, to grow our nation’s food.
This is a period in our society where many are being reminded of the goods we take for granted. These goods, specifically agricultural commodities, are the product of hard work and unseen logistical feats that growers, packers, shippers, and their employees and all who are involved make happen every day. All involved in creating, handling, and delivering food are rising to address the daily challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of these dedicated individuals, we will continue to have a safe, fresh, and consistent food supply – something our society is now very thankful for.
Just like all of our agricultural communities, the CRB standards have not changed; only our working conditions. We are all in this together, if you have questions, need additional information or other support, please do not hesitate to reach out.
CRB's Glossary of
Citrus Industry Acronyms and Definitions Now Available Online
The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is excited to announce that a digital version of the CRB's Glossary of Citrus Industry Acronyms and Definitions is now available online and can be accessed by clicking here. The publication was created to provide a clear understanding of the terms used within the citrus industry. We hope it will be resourceful for all.
If you have any questions about the glossary, or have additional terms or acronyms that you'd like to see added, please contact the CRB Communications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DATOC’s membership comprises an incredible team of specialists, who regularly dedicate their time and knowledge to California’s fight against huanglongbing. We are grateful to each and every one of them, but today especially to Dr. Tim Gottwald, former Research Leader and Plant Pathologist at the U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory in Fort Pierce, FL. Dr. Gottwald retired in April 2020, but not before providing our team with a wealth of expertise, always freely given. Dr. Gottwald was an invaluable part of DATOC’s membership and we wish him good health and much contentment in his retirement.
We are also pleased to announce that Dr. Gottwald’s DATOC position has been filled by Dr. Lukasz Stelinski, a professor of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. Dr. Stelinski has worked for over a decade with Huanglongbing, the Asian citrus psyllid, and related topics. His research today focuses on citrus and he specializes in vector-pathogen interactions, plant-insect interactions, insect behavior, and integrated pest management. In just a few short weeks of membership, Dr. Stelinski has already provided valuable input on team projects.
Photo Caption: Dr. Tim Gottwald, USDA-ARS (Top), Dr. Lukasz Stelinski, University of Florida (Bottom)
For additional information, please visit the DATOC website atwww.DATOC.us
Source: Data Analysis and Tactical Operations Center (DATOC)
Upcoming UC Ag Experts Webinars
Invasive Shot Hole Bores in Avocado Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Dr. Akif Eskalen, Plant Pathology Specialist in UCCE, will discuss the shot hole borers attacking avocado trees and their management. More details will come. One DPR CE unit (other) and one CCA CE unit (IPM) are pending.
Source: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources - UC Ag Experts
UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program to Host Webinars with CE Units Available
This spring if you are looking for options to obtain your continuing education units (CEUs) and not sure where to get them, why not check out the online options that the UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) has to offer. For license and certificate holders from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) with last names beginning with the letters A through L, 2020 will be the year to renew.
UC IPM currently offers 16 online courses for DPR credit. Many of the courses are also accredited by the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), or Arizona Department of Agriculture.
If you are looking for CEUs in the Laws and Regulations category, check out these courses:
Proper Pesticide Use to Avoid Illegal Residues (2.0 Pesticide Laws & Regs)
Proper Selection, Use, and Removal of Personal Protective Equipment (1.5 Pesticide Laws & Regs)
Providing IPM in Schools and Child Care Settings(1.0 Other and 0.5 Pesticide Laws & Regs)
Some of our courses do require a fee and are being offered at an early-bird price through October 31st. These courses can be purchased individually, or they can be purchased as a 4-course bundle for a special price of $85—a total discount of $20 versus purchasing each course separately.
DPR always encourages license and certificate holders to avoid the last-minute rush and renew early to ensure your license will be renewed by January 1st. Take advantage of UC IPM's online courses and webinar series to get a jump start on your renewal today!
Source: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) Topics and Subtropics
CDFA Now Accepting Applications for Two Grant Programs
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting grant applications for its Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) Program and its Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions Program, administered by the Office of Pesticide Consultation and Analysis (OPCA).
The goal of the BIFS grant program is to fund on-farm demonstration and evaluation of innovative biologically-based farming systems that employ IPM strategies. CDFA is responsible for supporting agricultural production in California by fostering innovative, efficient and scientifically sound practices.
The goal of the Proactive IPM Solutions Program is to anticipate exotic pests likely to arrive in California and to identify and test IPM strategies, which can then be quickly implemented if the pests are detected. CDFA is responsible for preventing and mitigating invasive pests. Techniques resulting from this proactive approach will allow for rapid deployment of management plans.
CLICK HERE for more information on the BIFS GRANTS Applications are due by 5 p.m., June 30, 2020
CLICK HEREfor more information on the PROACTIVE IPM
Applications are due by midnight, June 30, 2020
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Office of Pesticide Consultation & Analysis (OPCA)
Register Today for Healthy Soils Program Help Session
Source: CDFA Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation
New COVID-19 Rapid Response Program Area for AFRI
NIFA recently added a program area to its main Agricultural and Food Research Initiative RFA: Rapid Response to Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Impacts Across Food and Agricultural Systems.
There are four areas of priority: Health and Security of Livestock; Well-being of Farm, Food Service Providers, and Rural Americans; Economic Security; and Food Safety. Applicants should focus on critical and urgent research, extension, or integrated solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system. Applications should include strategies and knowledge that can be rapidly implemented to minimize or eliminate COVID-19 impacts on the nation’s food and agricultural system.
Deadline to submit applications is June 4, 2020. NIFA will expedite application evaluation & awards review to ensure rapid project start-up.
TheCitrograph Index is NOW AVAILABLE! Check out the new index on the Citrus Research Board (CRB) website. This index is for all who are looking for a specific author, article, or research project from the magazine dating back to January 2010, when the CRB acquired the publication.
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