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December 2016 E-Newsletter
CRB APPROVES RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR 2016-17 FISCAL YEAR
The California Citrus Research Board (CRB) has approved funding of research projects for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
By the numbers:
$7,363,713 in research projects funded
46 projects were approved for 2016-17
15 are new projects
31 project are continuing projects from the 2015-16 fiscal year
18 research projects were completed in the last fiscal year  
 
CRB research projects fall into five categories
(Table 1): Click charts to view larger format. 

HLB EXTERNAL REVIEW REPORT NOW AVAILABLE
The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has released the final report of the HLB External Review, conducted at University of California, Davis on September 6-9, 2016. This report is for use in making future research funding decisions, closing research gaps, encouraging closer collaboration and other purposes as identified in the report.
Click here for the full report.
 
BIOCONTROL PROGRAM UPDATE
California ACP biocontrol efforts have broken a record this year. In 2016, a record 604,000 Tamarixia were produced in field cages by the CRB, close to 33% of the total produced by the program this year. (Table 1) shows data from the field cage program and the total Tamarixia produced by all program partners.

Table 1: ACP Biological Control Agent Production for 2016
Production of Tamarixia by all cooperators
Updated November 23, 2016 (As of 12/16/16 CRB cages have produced 604,000 Tamarixia)


(Please click chart for an enlarged view.)
A PEEK AT THE CAL POLY POMONA GREENHOUSE IN PRODUCTION

Photo courtesy of Greg Simmons, Ph.D.
CDFA AND USDA TO HOST JOINT SUMMIT ON HEALTHY SOILS
 
The public is invited to a Soils Summit hosted by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on healthy soil and climate smart agriculture. The meeting provides an opportunity to explore roles and collaborative opportunities for managing California soils for health and natural fertility while reducing greenhouse gases. The meeting will be held at the CDFA Auditorium, 1220 N St., Sacramento, on Jan. 11, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

A link to the agenda for soil summit may be found by clicking here.
 
USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities for Organic Producers and Handlers

Organic Producers and Handlers May Apply for Certification Cost Share Reimbursements; Expanded Eligibility for Transition and State Certification Cost

To read the full USDA press release click here
NEW FACES JOIN CRB BOARD
The CRB would like to welcome the following new board members:

 Andrew Brown, District 1 - Orange Cove


Justin Golding, District 1 - Bakersfield
 

 Larry Wilkinson, District 1 - Springville
 

Chris Boisseranc, District 3 - Redlands




Click Here to view all Committee Appointments.

 
CRB WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS

Carolina Evangelo joined our staff as the director of communications on August 19 after serving several years as a member of the Citrograph editorial, production and advertising sales team. For the past seven years, she was owner-operator of Carolina Evangelo Communications. Evangelo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
 
 


Tamara Tollison is the administrative assistant for the Communications Department and for Human Resources. She began working at the CRB on August 29. Tollison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University.
 

 
 
 
 

Matt Stuemky began his career at the CRB on June 27 as GIS analyst. His prior employment was with the Pacific Southwest Research Station, a research and development division of the U.S. Forest Service, and with the University of California-Merced. Stuemky holds a Graduate Certificate from the University of Southern California in Geographic Information Science and Technology.
 

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INPUT NEEDED ON HLB RESPONSE STRATEGIES
Whether you are a grower, packer or other industry stakeholder, we all want the same thing: to avoid the citrus industry devastation caused by Huanglongbing as we’ve seen in Florida. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey developed by California Citrus Mutual and the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program to help identify priority strategies moving forward to combat the deadly tree disease. Click here to take the survey.
 







TAKE THE PLEDGE!

The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program is warning residents about a devastating plant disease found in California called Huanglongbing. Also known as HLB or citrus greening, the disease kills all citrus varieties, including orange, lemon, mandarin, kumquat and other citrus trees. We must work together to prevent the disease from spreading.
 
Learn how you can help and take the pledge to save California citrus: http://CaliforniaCitrusThreat.org/Pledge. Those who take the pledge are entered to win a bag of fresh citrus fruit supplied by a California citrus farmer. Take the pledge and be entered to win.
 
CALIFORNIA CITRUS RESEARCH FOUNDATION SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The California citrus industry is building a Bio-Security Level 3 facility adjacent to the University of California, Riverside campus for the expressed purpose of finding a cure for Huanglongbing. This $8 million facility will be owned by the industry and foster an even closer partnership with our University system.

The California Citrus Research Foundation is looking for a talented individual to serve as the Executive Director of the new facility. CCM President Joel Nelsen currently serves as interim executive director to the nine-member Board of Trustees representing the industry. If you are interested in applying, or know someone that might be a great fit for this position, please contact Joel Nelsen at jnelsen@cacitrusmutual.com. Interviews will begin in the latter part of January.

View the full job description here

CITRUS SHOWCASE SLATED FOR MARCH 2
Click here for more details

Welcome to the first edition of the California Citrus Research Board's (CRB) monthly e-newsletter. Our hope is to bring you
up-to-date news from the CRB and industry partners.
We wish you and your families a joyous holiday season!

Check out the Fall 2016 issue of Citrograph Magazine
2017
January 4                 
CPDPC Operations Committee
Visalia, California
CPDPC Finance Committee

January 10               
Biocontrol Task Force
Visalia, California

January 11               
CPDPC
Exeter, California

February 2             
CCQC Meetings
Bakersfield, California

February 2-3         
NAREEE Citrus Disease Subcommittee Meeting
Texas

February 7               
UC Riverside Citrus Day
Riverside, California

February 8               
Citrus Research Board Meeting
Riverside, California

February 14-16       
World Ag Expo
Tulare, California

February 14             
CPDPC Finance Committee

February 15             
CPDPC Operations Committee
Visalia, California
CPDPC Outreach Committee
Visalia, California


2017 CRB Calendar of Meetings and Events
Click here to view the most updated Full CRB annual calendar.
Note: This is a working calendar, updated versions will be released, as event dates are finalized

Do you have a citrus industry event that you'd like listed on the CRB calendar?  If so, please e-mail events@citrusreserach.org
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