CRB Request for Research Proposals Available for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year
The Citrus Research Board released the 2020-2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) on February 14, 2020 for scientific research projects that address the needs of California citrus growers. Key priorities for the organization this year include research efforts to provide both short- and long-term solutions to huanglongbing (HLB or citrus greening), research that addresses water and labor needs and securing adequate data to support trade activities and deal with barriers to citrus exports.
CDFA Announces Vacancy on
Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is announcing one vacancy on the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee. The committee advises the CDFA secretary on activities associated with the statewide citrus specific pest and disease work plan, which includes outreach and education programs as well as surveying, detecting, analyzing, and treating pests and diseases specific to citrus.
Members receive no compensation, but are entitled to payment of necessary travel expenses in accordance with the rules of the Department of Personnel Administration.
A committee member vacancy exists for one grower representative from Ventura County, the member term expires on September 30, 2023. Applicants should have an interest in agriculture and citrus pest and disease prevention. Individuals interested in being considered for a committee appointment should send a brief resume by May 1, 2020 to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division, 2800 Gateway Oaks Dr., Suite 200, Sacramento, California 95833, Attention: Victoria Hornbaker.
For additional information, contact: Victoria Hornbaker, Director, Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Division at (916) 654-0317, or e-mail Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources - Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
CRB-Funded Researcher Honored by USDA-ARS Employee Recognition Program
CRB-funded Researcher Dr. James Thomson has been named a 2020 winner of the USDA-ARS Employee Recognition Program.
This program recognizes the outstanding achievements of personnel who have made significant contributions to the Agricultural Research Service and PWA. The work Dr. Thomson is being honored for was partially funded by the CRB.
Dr. Thomson is a Research Geneticist at USDA’s Western Regional Research Center and part of their Crop Improvement and Genetics Research Unit in Albany, California.
Congratulations Dr. Thomson!
Citrus SprayEx Expert System
Zoom Video/ Audio Conference Call
Friday, March 13, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us for a 2-hour information session to learn about CitrusSprayEx Expert System, a decision support tool for planning and evaluating spray application in citrus, and a new project that is focused on disseminating this tool to improve agricultural productivity while potentially reducing the frequency of applications.
This meeting is intended to gather initial stakeholder assessment and input needed to guide project to better serve the industry need. Questions, suggestions, and feedback will be appreciated.
Who Should Attend Anyone involved with the citrus industry and/or concerned with spray application operations and environmental health and safety, including PCA's, applicators, supervisors, owners, growers, researchers, educators, regulators, and other industry stakeholders.
Source: Dr. Peter Ako Larbi, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR)
Citrus Water Management Workshop Announced
Thursday, March 26, 2020 | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Attend the Advances in Citrus Water Management Workshop and join UC ANR Irrigation Specialist Daniele Zaccaria as well as other water experts and specialists from the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Citrus Research Board to learn about research advances in water use and irrigation for citrus production. Gain firsthand practical knowledge of the latest developments in the citrus industry. CLICK HERE to view the agenda for more details.
Locations: UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (google map) 9240 South Riverbend Ave | Parlier, CA 93648
Registration: $55 fee includes admission, coffee, refreshments, and lunch
(pre-registration required to receive lunch). Fee will increase to $70 at the door and lunch is not guaranteed.
Who Should Attend: Citrus growers, farm managers, RCDs, irrigation superintendents and consultants, PCAs, representatives from irrigation districts and state agency representatives
Continuing Education: Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) hours are pending approval.
For More Information: For more information on the logistics and registration, please contact: ANR Program Support, or Shannon Martin, (530) 750-1328.
For more information on the course content, please contact: Daniele Zaccaria, UC ANR Cooperative Extension Specialist
Source: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources
Upcoming UC Ag Experts Webinars
Giberellic Acid Use on Avocado to Improve Fruit Set Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Dr. Ben Faber will discuss plant growth regulators (PGRs), a powerful tool available for increasing fruit size and yield in an existing avocado orchard. Gibberellic acid (GA3) was registered for use on California avocados in March 2018 to improve fruit productivity. The handling, timing and application rate are critical and the reasons will be included in this discussion.
Approval of one hour of DPR continuing education unit is pending.
Upcoming topics: Citricola Scale (April 2020)
Invasive Shot Hole Borers in Avocado (May 2020)
Vertebrate pests (June 2020)
Ants in citrus (July 2020)
Use of Plant Growth Regulators on Citrus (August 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: University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources - UC Ag Experts
CDFA Announces Grant Funding Available for Healthy Soils Program
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for its Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The program incentivizes implementation and demonstration of on-farm soil health practices that sequester carbon, reduce greenhouse gases, and improve soil health. CDFA appropriated $28 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) through the Budget Act of 2019 to support the HSP.
Click on the link below to learn more about the available funding and the two components which make up the program: the HSP Incentives Program and the HSP Demonstration Projects.
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Office of Environmental Farming and Innovation (February 20, 2020)
NRCS Offers California Producers Assistance to Improve Air Quality
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing technical and financial assistance to help farmers and ranchers in California make improvements in their operations that can lead to improved air quality. Assistance is being made available through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), National Air Quality Initiative (NAQI).