The 40th Annual Citrus Post-harvest Pest Control Conference held on April 24-25 in Santa Barbara, California brought together over 70 researchers, industry personnel and service company representatives to learn about the latest updates in post-harvest disease control, export requirements and food safety. Technical presentations were given during the first day and a half of the conference and several CRB-funded researchers including Spencer Walse, Ph.D., Sandipa Gautam, Ph.D., Chang-Lin Xiao, Ph.D. and Jim Adaskaveg, Ph.D. were invited to present their latest work. On the afternoon of April 25, a citrus industry food safety forum, led by Mr. Ted Batkin, was held to allow conference attendees the opportunity to openly discuss food safety issues important to the industry including molecular detection technologies, consistent auditing processes and standardized industry practices.
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District 3 California Desert Region 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019 UC Riverside - Palm Desert
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District 1 Northern California Region 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019 Exeter Veterans Memorial Building
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CPDPP Releases Annual Report for 2017-2018
The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program recently released its annual report for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The report includes an opening letter from the Chair of the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee, Jim Gorden, an update from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, a deeper look at the program’s accomplishments, and a graphic on how the program is using funds to support its strategic priorities.
Snails and Slugs Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM One hour webinar will cover overview of snail and slug biology, damage and management with emphasis on brown snail and Italian white snail, and current research on slug biocontrol using nematodes.
Management of Weeds in Citrus Orchards Wednesday, June 19, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM Dr. Travis Bean, assistant weed science specialist in UCCE, will discuss
weed management in citrus. More information to come.
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.
CCM is Now Accepting Scholarship Applications
California Citrus Mutual (CCM) is now accepting scholarship applications from students who are pursuing an education and future in the agricultural industry. Please click on the link below to learn more about the three different scholarships that are available.
Exports to Australia Split or Damaged Fruit Prohibited
The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is contacting citrus exporters with new information about potential rejections of California citrus in Australia.
Australian regulators have notified APHIS that due to a detection of spotted wing drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) in fresh oranges imported into New Zealand from the United States (click here), the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) will not release consignments from biosecurity control where split or damaged citrus fruit from the United States are detected during on-arrival inspection.
Where split or damaged fruit are detected on-arrival, importers will have the option of either reexporting or disposing of the fruit.
CCQC, CCM and Sunkist are coordinating with APHIS to oppose the new regulation and seek a more reasonable solution. We plan to provide updates to the industry as more information is known.
Please contact Jim Cranney by phone at (530) 885-1894 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or need additional information.