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March 2020 | E-Newsletter
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. 
  
Proposals will be accepted through 
March 13, 2020
 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RFP
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.hornbaker@cdfa.ca.gov.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS FROM CITRUS INSIDER
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) Citrus Insider
DATOC Quarterly Report Available Now 
October - December 2019
 
     The Data Analysis and Tactical Operations Center (DATOC) has released their Quarterly Report for October-December 2019.  

The highlights in the report include:
  • New Members 
  • Exposure on Repeat Properties
  • Canine Deployment Protocol
  • Density of New Infections
Click on the link below to learn more about these topics in the full report. 
 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL DATOC REPORT
For additional information, please visit the DATOC website at www.DATOC.us.
Source: Data Analysis and Tactical Operations Center (DATOC)
Citrus Pest Management Guidelines (PMG) 
Now Published
 
     University of California has officially launched the guidelines for pest monitoring techniques, pesticides and nonpesticide alternatives for managing pest in agriculture through the statewide program.
 
CLICK HERE to check out the 
UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) website. 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE GUIDELINES
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.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SCHEDULE
Continuing Education 
California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)
Applied Awaiting Approval 

2-hours of "Other"


Registration is required, but is free and open to all. 

Registration closes at Noon on March 12, 2020


For questions please contact: Dr. Peter Ako Larbi at
559-646-6577 or email
palarbi@ucanr.edu 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
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
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE WATER WORKSHOP
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.
 
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
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).
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL NEW RELEASE
Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (February 24, 2020)
Canine Detection Services
Looking to Hire
 
     Canine Detection Services is currently in search of an individual to fill the position of an Asian Citrus Psyllid and Plant Specialist.
 
CLICK HERE for full job description
Source: Canine Detection Services
CLICK HERE FOR FULL CRB EVENTS CALENDAR
Check out the Spring 2020 edition of 


Citrograph Magazine



 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW SPRING 2020 CITROGRAPH
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