APHIS Proposes Changes to the Protocol for Interstate Movement of Citrus Nursery Stock from Quarantined Areas

APHIS is proposing to make several changes to the protocol for interstate movement of citrus nursery stock. This protocol, originally published in 2013, contains standards and requirements that a nursery must meet in order to move citrus nursery stock interstate from areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, and/or Asian citrus psyllid. By meeting the standards and requirements, a nursery would be able to obtain a certificate or limited permit for the interstate movement of citrus nursery stock from areas quarantined for citrus canker, citrus greening, or ACP.

A summary of APHIS’ proposed changes is provided below. The full text of the revised protocol is available on APHIS’ Citrus Health Response Program Web site. APHIS will accept comments on the revised protocol through November 10, 2017. Please email your comments to PPQ.Citrus.Health@aphis.usda.gov. Continue reading

Citrus Greening Research Review: Webinar on CLas and Bacterial Control

The Committee on A Review of the Citrus Greening Research and Development Efforts Supported by the Citrus Research and Development Foundation: Fighting a Ravaging Disease will hold a webinar on CLas and Bacterial Control on Thursday, September 28 from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT.

Invited speakers include Dean Gabriel of University of Florida, Yong-Ping Duan of USDA-ARS, and Robert Shatters of USDA-ARS. Speakers will present the overall state of CLas/bacterial control- related research to include not only his own work but also that of others working in that research area(s) so that the committee will gain an understanding of each of these critical areas of research.

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Bayer joins forces with non-profit to fight citrus greening

In Southeast Farm Press

Bayer and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, a non-profit organization in Florida supporting citrus growers, have signed a research collaboration agreement to find solutions to citrus greening disease, which currently threatens the global citrus production and juice industry.

Currently no effective treatment against the bacterium Candidatus liberibacter, the causal agent of citrus greening, is available. Under the long-term research agreement, Bayer will provide access to its disease control know-how and will coordinate public and private research to find novel solutions for citrus greening in Florida and beyond. CRDF is organizing the financing of this project, combining public funds with contributions from the citrus growers and the juice industry. The partnership is financially supported by PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company, two leaders in the juice industry. Continue reading

Citrus greening confirmed in Alabama

In Southeast Farm Press

by Cary Blake

The feared citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) – a.k.a. citrus greening – has been confirmed in Alabama, according to the state’s Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI).

HLB was found in leaf and insect samples from a residential property on Dauphin Island in Mobile County. Dauphin Island is a town located on a barrier island with the same name at the Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading

APHIS Expands the Asian Citrus Psyllid (Diaphorina citri) Quarantined Area in Arizona

Effectively immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) and the Arizona citrus industry, is expanding the area quarantined for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) to include all counties in Arizona. APHIS is taking this action in response to the ADA Director’s Administrative Order (DAO 16-01) implementing a statewide ACP quarantine.

APHIS is applying safeguarding measures on the interstate movement of regulated articles from Arizona. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of ACP to non-infested areas of the United States. The specific changes to the regulated areas in Arizona are attached and can also be found at:

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/citrus-greening

APHIS will publish a notice of this change in the Federal Register.

Citrus grower education program slated for May 9 in Mission, TX

An educational program for Rio Grande Valley citrus growers on the practical aspects of new water conservation technologies will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 at the Lone Star Citrus Growers headquarters, 9625 N. Moorefield Road, Mission.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the citrus growers’ packing house. The program is co-hosted by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center and the Texas Water Development Board. Continue reading

Laboratory Director – Riverside, CA

JOB TITLE: Laboratory Director

REPORTS TO: CRB President

CLASSIFICATION: Regular – 12 month, exempt, at-will

LOCATION: Jerry Dimitman Laboratory, Riverside, CA Continue reading