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parasitic wasp
CDFA has initiated the release of tiny parasitic stingless wasps in Santa Clara County as part of the Asian citrus psyllid project there.

The wasps, called tamarixia radiata, control psyllid populations by parasitizing their egg masses. Once a population of wasps is released, successive generations are capable of flying up-to eight miles in search of Asian citrus psyllids. Watch the video and learn more. →

expanding Georgia citrus satsuma
Everett Griner talks about Georgia growers expanding citrus acres in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Lemon rule
The controversial decision that may reverse a 15-year ban on Argentine lemons is tied up in the Trump administration’s regulatory hold. That hold ends soon, and according to citrus leaders, the lemon rule goes directly against the Trump administration’s stance on trade. Continue reading

The citrus crop forecast showed a 2 percent drop from last month in all oranges for California. In total, the U.S. all-orange forecast for the 2016-2017 season dropped 3 percent from last month and is down 13 percent from the 2015-2016 final utilization. Continue reading

At this year’s Citrus Showcase, California Citrus Mutual (CCM) President Joel Nelson talked to AgNet West about how the rains are affecting the season. Big crowds gathered at the showcase to hear the latest research and a discussion from some of the industry’s top marketers. Continue reading

Tarping Regulation
A new tarping regulation for citrus loads has been put on hold by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Ag leaders say the industry should still make plans to comply, since the rules will eventually be enforced. Continue reading

acp eradication
Everett Griner talks about eradication of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

tarping fines
New tarping rules are in effect for California citrus. The industry must comply, or it will face costly penalties. Tarping fines could add up to $10,000. Continue reading

citrus showcase
According to California Citrus Mutual (CCM), this year’s Citrus Showcase will include a tarping demonstration and marketing discussion along with the latest information for the industry. Continue reading

As of March 1, 2017, all citrus loads traveling throughout the state of California have to be tarped. This regulation aims to reduce the accidental transportation of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP). Continue reading

By Sean Nealon, UC Riverside

citrus greening disease

Credit: UC Riverside
UC Riverside researchers (from left) Philippe Rolshausen, David Jassby, Haizhou Liu, Caroline Roper, Georgios Vidalakis and James Borneman received a $5.1 million grant to fight a disease killing citrus trees.

A team of scientists, led by a group at the University of California, Riverside, has received a five-year, $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fight a disease that is devastating the citrus industry.

The team, led by Caroline Roper, an associate professor of plant pathology, will design and identify bactericides, which are chemicals that kill bacteria, to target Huanglongbing, a bacterial plant disease decimating citrus trees worldwide. They also will focus on better understanding the pathways those bactericides travel inside citrus trees. Continue reading

lemons rule
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in accordance with guidance from the White House issued January 20, 2017, today issued a stay for 60 days on its final rule to allow the importation of fresh lemon fruit from northwest Argentina into the continental United States. Continue reading

From: CDFA

citrus greening

Huanglongbing affected citrus tree

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). UC Riverside will receive $5,112,000 of that funding for a program to design and identify bactericides that can cure or suppress HLB. Continue reading

citrus greening
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced four grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, aka Huanglongbing. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

President Obama bestows award for cutting-edge innovation

researcher research
Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., Citrus Research Board (CRB) researcher and research molecular biologist for the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) at the Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture & Health on the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Continue reading

citrus harvest
California received an uncommon amount of precipitation the first half of January, and more is expected. Citrus leaders said the rain hasn’t put a damper on harvest, and this season is looking good for the industry. Continue reading

Citrus crop forecast
Mark Hudson, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service in Washington, D.C., delivered the latest citrus crop forecast today. California Valencia oranges increased slightly from 8.5 million boxes in December to 9 million boxes in January. Non-Valencia oranges also increased from 42 million boxes to 44 million boxes.

Grapefruit increased from 4 million boxes to 4.1 million boxes.

Lemons decreased from 21 million boxes to 20 million boxes. Continue reading

HLB Find
Another tree has been confirmed as huanglongbing (HLB) positive in Southern California. This most recent HLB find is outside of the current quarantine, which is just north in Los Angeles County. Continue reading

USDA Delivers Lump of Coal to California Lemon Growers for Christmas

Blatantly ignoring comments from scientists and technical advisors at the National Plant Board, California Department of Food & Agriculture and members of the California citrus industry, USDA and the Obama Administration have published a proposal to allow Argentine lemons into the United States from pest and disease infested areas. Furthermore the Administration acknowledges that “lemon producers, packing houses, wholesalers and related establishments will be adversely affected economically.” Continue reading

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is publishing a final rule to allow the importation of fresh lemon fruit from northwest Argentina into the continental United States.

Over the last 10 years, APHIS has thoroughly reviewed Argentina’s citrus production and packing practices and fully evaluated pest risks to U.S. agriculture. The review included a comprehensive pest risk assessment that was amended several times to account for new scientific information and address public comments. It also included site visits in 2007, 2015, and most recently in September 2016 to observe production areas, packing practices, and trace back abilities. As a result, APHIS has determined lemons produced in northwest Argentina can be safely imported into the continental United States utilizing a systems approach. Continue reading

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