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November 2019 | E-Newsletter
CRB Elects New Executive Officers

     On September 24, 2019 during the Citrus Research Board (CRB) Annual Meeting the Board voted to recommend three members to the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross for approval to serve as the organization’s executive officers. The CRB is pleased to announce that the 2019-2020 Executive Officers are: Justin Brown, CRB Chairman; John Konda, CRB Vice Chairman and Mark McBroom, CRB Secretary/Treasurer. Congratulations to the new executive team!
Stay tuned to learn more about the new CRB Executive Officers in the
winter issue of the Citrograph Magazine.
2019-2020 CRB Assessment Rate
Set at
$0.048 Per Box
     The 2019-2020 CRB Assessment Rate notice is now available. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has established an assessment rate of $0.048 per 40-pound standard field box, with recommendation from the California Citrus Research Board, for the 2019-2020 marketing season.
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)
CRB Welcomes New Entomologist
     The Citrus Research Board (CRB) welcomes Christopher Shogren, Ph.D., as the new Entomologist and Method Development Specialist at the Biological Control Laboratory in Riverside, California. His love of insects and agriculture began as a child growing up on a wholesale nursery in the San Jacinto Valley. Dr. Shogren received his B.S. in Horticulture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, followed by his Ph.D., in Entomology from the University of California, Riverside in 2017. He is a licensed pest control advisor, certified arborist and a member of the Entomological Society of America and the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists.

Welcome to the team Christopher!
DATOC Quarterly Report
July-September 2019

     The Data Analysis and Tactical Operations Center (DATOC) has released their Quarterly Report for July-September 2019.

The highlights in the report include:
  • CPDPP Disease Management Evaluation
  • Structuring Survey Activities
  • Data Sharing Coordination
  • Canine Deployment Protocol
  • Situational Monitoring
     Click on the link below to read the full report. Completed reports are published online at 
Source: Data Analysis and Tactical Operations Center (DATOC)
Joint Conference of the IOCV XXI and IRCHLB VI
Abstracts NOW Available Online
     Abstracts presented at the Joint 21st Conference of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists (IOCV) and the 6th International Research Conference on Huanglongbing (IRCHLB), in Riverside, California, USA, March 10-15, 2019 are now available online. The abstracts are arranged in the order presented at the conference and labeled (O: Oral or P: Poster).

CLICK HERE to View Abstracts

CLICK HERE to View Conference Program
Source: International Research Conference on Huanglongbing (IRCHLB)
UCCE Hosts Lemon Scions and Rootstocks
Workshop and Field Tour

     On Thursday, October 17, 2019 the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) held a Lemon Rootstock and Scion workshop and field tour in Santa Paula, California. Results from Citrus Research Board (CRB) sponsored field trials evaluating several lemon rootstocks and scions were highlighted at this meeting. This event was well attended by over 100 grove managers, citrus growers and industry representatives. Speakers included CRB-funded researchers Ashraf El-kereamy, Ph.D., Mikeal Roose, Ph.D., Tracy Kahn, Ph.D., and Glenn Wright, Ph.D. The CRB has been funding research on several single site and multi-location lemon field trials, some of which have been ongoing since the late 1980’s. Mikeal Roose, Tracy Kahn and Glenn Wright provided updates on the results of previous rootstock trials and the multi-location lemon rootstock and scion trials at Santa Paula, Lindcove Research and Extension Center and desert locations. Attendees learned about the various yield, packout and fruit quality of several lemon selections being studied in addition to new, non-lemon citrus cultivars to be released in the coming years. Following the presentations, attendees were invited to visit one of the lemon rootstock field trials. Presentations from the workshop will be made available on the UCCE Ventura website HERE.
Photo Caption: (Left Photo) Glenn Wright, Ph.D., assisting workshop attendees at the field site.
(Right Photo) Ashraf El-kereamy, Ph.D., viewing one of several lemon varieties.
Citrus Industry Celebrates
BSL-3 Laboratory Completion  

     On Thursday, September 26, 2019 the California Citrus Research Foundation (CCRF), California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and Citrus Research Board (CRB), in partnership with the University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside) co-organized a press conference, ribbon cutting and citrus industry appreciation luncheon to celebrate the completion and opening of the Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) Laboratory for Huanglongbing Research in Riverside, California. More than 100 representatives from the citrus industry and UC Riverside joined to celebrate the opening of the BSL-3 Laboratory. Following the press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony, guests gathered at the Bourns, Inc. conference center to continue the celebration with a citrus industry appreciation luncheon.  

     Special guest speakers included: Joel Nelsen, Executive Director, CCRF; Dr. Kim A. Wilcox, Chancellor, UC Riverside; Casey Creamer, President and CEO, CCM; Dan Dreyer, Chairman, CRB; Dr. Gillian Wilson, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, UC Riverside; Jenny Lester Moffitt, Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture and Dr. Glenda Humiston, Vice President, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources.   

Thank you to all of the generous citrus industry benefactors who contributed to this state-of-the-art laboratory, and all who participated in this citrus industry celebration! 

UC Riverside Students Meet Industry
Personnel During Visit to LREC
     On September 20, 2019, a dedicated assortment of undergraduate and graduate students from the Microbiology and Plant Pathology, Botany, Entomology and Geology Departments at the University of California, Riverside visited the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) in Exeter, California as part of a Field Plant Pathology course led by Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D.
     The purpose of this visit was to acquaint students with the ongoing research efforts and career opportunities within the California citrus industry. Citrus Research Board (CRB) Research Associate, Joey Mayorquin, Ph.D., gave a presentation on the CRB’s organization, mission and role as a research sponsor. LREC Director, Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., lead a tour of the facilities and presented an overview of LREC research activities. The UCR students also met with industry professionals and learned how San Joaquin Valley University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) farm advisors, a Central California Tristeza Eradication Agency (CCTEA) scientist and LREC researchers can help ensure a sustainable and thriving California citrus industry.
Lindcove Citrus Gala Kick's-Off

"Sweetening the Future of Citrus at Lindcove" Campaign

     The Lindcove Citrus Gala, produced by Director Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., was held on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) in Exeter, California. The celebration showcased the kick-off to the “Sweetening the Future of Citrus at Lindcove” fund-raising campaign.  This campaign is in place to help improve the facilities, equipment and overall support outreach programs at LREC. The beginning of the program highlighted the renaming of the conference center to the “Ray Copeland Citrus Center” in honor of the late Ray Copeland for his many years of dedication to the LREC facilities and the citrus industry. The Director of the University of California (UC) Citrus Clonal Protection Program and professor of plant pathology at UC Riverside, Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., was also recognized for his recent achievement, in which he was named the “Citrus Research Board Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection Endowment,” awarded to him last month. 

For more information about the campaign or how to donate,
please click on the link below.  

Join CCM for their Annual Meeting
   The 2019 California Citrus Mutual (CCM) Annual Meeting is this week. On November 8, 2019, CCM welcomes all to join them as they close out 2019 in style. It will be a beautiful night filled with delicious food and fun. This year’s theme is the Academy Awards, so bring your best dress and be prepared to be dazzled. Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $60.00 per person. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Diane or Barbara at the CCM Office at (559) 592-3790.
Source: California Citrus Mutual (CCM)

NEW Reduced Registration Rate!
Register Today

San Joaquin Valley Spray Application
Short Course

November 12-14, 2019

Tuesday, November 12 - Registration Opens at 10:30 AM

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
9240 S Riverbend Avenue, Parlier, CA 93648

     Join us for an intensive 3-day short course on spray application research and extension. Learn to improve agricultural productivity while reducing the impact of pesticides and other agricultural chemicals on the environment and gain knowledge of best practices for safe, economical and environmentally sound pesticide spray application.

Who Should Attend
     Anyone involved with spray application operations including supervisors, vineyard or orchard managers, growers, owners and PCA's.


Continuing Education
California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)
Approved: M-1189-19
0.5-hours Aerial Pest Control Equipment and Application Techniques (A)
1-hour Pesticide Laws and Regulations (L)
15.5-hours Other (O)

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA)
19-hours Integrated Pest Management

Register early: participation is limited!

(NEW) Pricing
$400 registration fee includes two in-classroom
lecture days and one outdoor, hands-on demonstration
day as well as materials and most meals

For questions please contact: 
Dr. Peter Ako Larbi at 559-646-6577 or email
Source: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR), Peter Ako Larbi, Ph.D.
Registration NOW AVAILABLE for the

2019 California Citrus Nursery Society
Annual Conference
     Registration for the California Citrus Nursery Society (CCNS) 2019 Annual Conference is NOW OPEN. The meeting will be held in Monterey, California from November 13-15, 2019. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to participate in several informative and enjoyable activities. ACP/HLB is once again a major theme of this year’s conference. However, it is not the only topic. There will also be a panel discussion of nursery farmers during the conference.
Please visit the new CCNS website for more information on the conference.
Source: California Citrus Nursery Society (CCNS)
California Citrus Nursery Board Now Accepting RFP's  

   The California Citrus Nursery Board (CCNB) is now accepting research proposals for the 2020 fiscal year. The proposal submission deadline is Thursday, November 21, 2019
Source: California Citrus Nursery Board (CCNB)
Upcoming UC Ag Experts Webinars
Pesticide Label Reading for Safe Applications
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Lisa Blecker, Coordinator of the Pesticide Safety Education Program, will outline the content found on pesticide labels. The focus will be on label requirements that ensure safety for the pesticide handler, other employees, and bystanders, including restricted entry intervals, personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, early-entry requirements, interpreting pesticide rates, application intervals, and plant-back restrictions. Lisa will identify where California-specific requirements are more restrictive than what is found on pesticide labels. This information is critical for employers and supervisors to ensure compliance, and for applicators to understand how to protect themselves. 

This webinar has a fee of $40. 
One DPR CE unit (Laws & Regulations) and one CCA CE unit (IPM) are pending.


Upcoming topics:
Invasive Shot Hole Borers in Avocado by Dr. Akif Eskalen (December 4, 2019)
Avocado thrips (January 22. 2020)
Use of Plant Growth Regulators in Avocado (February 2020)

To register for the webinars, please CLICK HERE
Please register in advance for the webinars.

CLICK HERE for recordings of the past webinars or visit the UC IPM YouTube channel.
CE hours are NOT available for recorded webinars.
Source: UC Ag Experts
Save the Date - BRS Annual Stakeholder Meeting

   The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) will hold its annual Stakeholder Meeting (virtually via the web and in-person) on Wednesday, December 5, 2019, at the USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737.  

     We invite you to come and meet our new BRS Deputy Administrator Bernadette Juarez, and learn about our recent activities that support our effort to protect plant health through the regulation of genetically engineered organisms.

     To ensure we identify the full range of interests, BRS is seeking input on topics to be discussed at the meeting. Please submit comments or suggestions on potential topics of interest by November 1, 2019, to Meeting details and registration information will be available in the coming weeks. We look forward to your participation!

Source: USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 10/04/2019
CDFA Now Accepting Applications for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), a competitive grant program that incentivizes farmers to invest in irrigation water and energy efficiency. Agricultural operations can apply for up to $100,000 for projects that involve improvements to irrigation systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and save water. Projects funded through SWEEP commonly include elements such as soil, plant or weather sensors; micro-irrigation systems; pump retrofits or replacements; renewable energy; and variable frequency drives – among others.

Applications are due Monday, December 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. CDFA will hold three no-cost workshops to provide information on program requirements and the application process. Webinar participation is available, but applicants are encouraged to attend in person.
     Potential applicants should review the application materials posted on the SWEEP webpage at A list of CDFA-contracted technical assistance providers is also available on the SWEEP webpage. These organizations are available to provide no-cost application assistance to farmers who would like to apply for a SWEEP award.

     This round of SWEEP is authorized by the Budget Act of 2018 and funded through the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (SB-5). 

Source: SWEEP CDFA News Release
Update from CCQC: Korea First Copper Application, Septoria Management and FRB Affirmation Letter
     The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) recently sent out a message to provide recommendations for control of Septoria spot caused by Septoria citri for shipments to Korea. Additionally, an affirmation letter was attached, which requires all packinghouses shipping to Korea to follow the Korea protocol, maintain records to demonstrate compliance, and maintain a signed copy of the letter at your facility for regulatory review.



CCQC Roundtable Discussion: Citrus Food Safety
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | Lindcove Research and Extension Center
     The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is inviting packinghouses and harvest contractor food safety personnel to attend a round table discussion on citrus food safety research priorities and grower and packinghouse audit issues.  The meeting will be held at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center in Exeter, California on November 7 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM.  The plan is to hold roundtable meetings on a quarterly basis to provide a forum for the industry to discuss issues related to Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) implementation, problems related to audits and research priorities.
     There is limited space so packinghouses that have multiple people working on food safety should be mindful of space considerations. For planning purposes, please let CCQC know if you plan to attend.

Please contact Jim Cranney by telephone at (530) 885-1894 or
via email at if you have any questions or need additional information.

LREC Citrus Fruit Display and Tasting Event

(Industry Day)

Friday, December 13, 2019
Exeter, California
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

to download the event flyer.


LREC Citrus Fruit Display and Tasting Event

(Homeowners Day)

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Exeter, California
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

to download the event flyer.

Source: Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC)
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