Citrus Research Board Names Marcy L. Martin as President
VISALIA, CALIF. – September 10, 2019 – Marcy L. Martin was named today as the new president of the Citrus Research Board (CRB). The appointment was announced by CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer, who said that Martin was selected after a nearly year-long national search for the very best candidate to lead the organization.
Martin joins the CRB with more than 25 years of experience with California commodity organizations. She most recently served for 14 years as director of trade for the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA), where she advocated on behalf of the state’s fresh grape, blueberry, pomegranate and deciduous tree fruit production in governmental, legislative and policy issues. Prior to that, she had been controller of the California Apple Commission for ten years.
BSL-3 Laboratory Completion Celebration for Huanglongbing Research
The California Citrus Research Foundation, California Citrus Mutual and Citrus Research Board, in partnership with the University of California, Riverside are excited to announce the highly anticipated completion celebration of the Biosafety Level-3 (BSL-3) Laboratory for Huanglongbing Research in Riverside, CA on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The celebration will kick-off with a press conference and ribbon cutting at the BSL-3 laboratory followed by a citrus appreciation luncheon.
During the Lindcove Citrus Gala we will announce and launch our fundraising campaign Sweetening the Future of Citrus at Lindcove. This campaign features a vision to enhance the center’s ability to serve the citrus industry and the community through improved facilities and programs. More details about our plans can be found at here.
We will also be honoring the late Ray Copeland with a presentation by his family and the naming of the conference center as the Ray Copeland Citrus Center. In addition, we will be honoring Georgios Vidalakis, who is the recent recipient of the Citrus Research Board Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection Endowment.
Please join us on Friday, October 4th from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center to take part in these celebrations.
For general information and to RSVP visit lindcovecitrus.com, or
call 530-750-1328. Space is limited so make sure to RSVP today.
CRB-funded researcher Dr. Carolyn Slupsky along with her students from the University of California, Davis created the following video, "Another One Bites the Dust (gets CLas)", about citrus greening disease (Huanglongbing or HLB) to help spread the word on and how Californians can help prevent the spread of this detrimental disease.
For more information about the HLB disease, the CLas bacteria or the insect that transmits the bacteria, and how you can help prevent the spread of this disease, please visit: citrusgreening.org or cdfa.ca.gov or call the California Department of Food and Agriculture at 1-800-491-1899.
LREC Welcomed Industry for Citrus Fruit Scarring Meeting Recap by: Mojtaba Mohammadi, Ph.D.
On Wednesday, August 21, 2019 the University of California (UC) Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) in Exeter held a field day to educate the industry on fruit damage caused by fork-tailed bush katydids, citrus thrips and earwigs. This well attended field day consisted of pest control advisors, grower liaisons, farm advisors, grove managers and citrus growers. Speakers included Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Dr. Jay Rosenheim and researchers from the Rosenheim lab- Dr. Bodil Cass and Hanna Kahl.
The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has been funding research on citrus pests of economic importance and citrus integrated pest management (IPM) in California's San Joaquin Valley, for many years. One of these research projects focuses on improving citrus IPM for mandarins using grower data and experimentation. Recent findings on distinguishing damages caused by katydids, citrus thrips and earwigs, and management strategies to control these pests were presented by Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell and the lab of Dr. Jay Rosenheim. Attendees learned about fruit damage on navel, clementine and tango, in addition to ongoing research on managing these pests. Following the presentations, attendees were invited to visit various tables displaying fruit damage caused by katydids, citrus thrips and earwigs, and to view field trees that had been treated with different insecticides to control citrus thrips.
Fatal Attraction: A Novel Solution to the Problem of Asian Citrus Psyllid on Residential Citrus
Source: Entomology Today; Author: Andrew Chow, Ph.D. and Mamoudou Sétamou, Ph.D.
This fall or winter, if you are a recreation vehicle and motorhome (RV & MH) enthusiast visiting the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, you may see yellow plastic triangles hanging in the citrus trees of your RV & MH park. These devices were conceived as a novel control system for Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorina citri), which vectors the bacterium that causes citrus greening disease or huanglongbing (HLB). This insect-vector and plant-disease complex is presently the most serious threat faced by the U.S. citrus industry and has caused the loss of thousands of hectares of citrus orchards and billions in revenue dollars.
Training for Field Crews: Prevent ACP and HLB in Your Orchards
The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program and California Agricultural Labor Association are hosting a free, hands-on training workshop for San Joaquin Valley field crew supervisors and farm labor contractors. The workshop will review best practices to prevent Huanglongbing (HLB) from threatening the California citrus industry’s livelihood and infecting commercial groves. Presented in Spanish, this workshop will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Exeter Memorial Building in Exeter, California.
Avocado Cankers and Their Causes Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Dr. Faber will cover the identification and biology of different types of avocado cankers, management practices to prevent these diseases. One DPR CE unit (other) and one CCA CE unit (IPM) are pending.
Upcoming topics: Spray Safe (Laws & Regs) by Lisa Blecker (November 20, 2019)
Use of Plant Growth Regulators in Avocado (December - TBD)
Avocado thrips (January 22. 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.
CDFA Now Accepting Proposalsfor 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grants
SACRAMENTO, September 23, 2019- The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting proposals for the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP).
Each year, CDFA conducts a two-phase competitive solicitation process to award funds to projects that enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Review the 2020 Request for Concept Proposals for detailed application instructions.
Phase I of the competitive process begins with the submission of concept proposals, which undergo both an administrative review and a technical review. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a detailed grant proposal in Phase II of the process.
Grant awards will range from $50,000 to $450,000 per project and projects may last for up to two years and six months. Non-profit and for-profit organizations; local, state, federal, and tribal government entities; and public and private colleges and universities are eligible to apply.
All applicants must register online with the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST), https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov, to apply. Concept proposals must be submitted electronically using FAAST by Friday, October 18, 2019, at 5 pm PST.
Prospective applicants may contact CDFA’s Office of Grants Administration at (916) 657-3231 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
2020 Pest Management Research Grants
Application Now Available
This year, the Pest Management Research Grant Program will allocate:
$2,100,000 to fund projects that identify, develop, and implement safer, practical, and sustainable pest management alternatives to Chlorpyrifos. DPR will consider proposals requesting $150,000 to $500,000.
$500,000 to fund projects that develop methods or practices to reduce risks associated with pesticides of high regulatory concern and/or are considered to high-risk and which can be incorporated into an IPM system. DPR will consider proposals requesting $50,000 to $500,000.
Concept proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, October 7, 2019.
Australia and New Zealand: Fumigation Chamber Certification Information
Australian regulatory authorities will require pre-shipment phosphine fumigation for orange and mandarin exports to Australia beginning this export season. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Agency (APHIS) has advised CCQC that all phosphine fumigation chambers must be certified by APHIS before shipments to Australia can commence. According to APHIS, chambers must be certified on an annual basis if the treatment is part of an official protocol. This means that APHIS is requiring certification even if a chamber was certified last season.
CCQC Citrus Pre-season Export Meeting Thursday, October 3, 2019 | Visalia Convention Center
The California Citrus Quality Council has scheduled the citrus preseason export meetings on Thursday, October 3 at the Visalia Convention Center. The Korea/China export meeting will start at 8:30 am followed by the Australia/New Zealand export meeting at 1:30 pm. The tentative agenda for both meetings are attached. Attendance is not mandatory, however is advised.
The meetings will provide an overview of the requirements for exporting to these markets and changes for the 2019/20 season. If your packinghouse exports to any of these markets, please plan to attend. Advance registration is not required.
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My Life in Agriculture: Book 3
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