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2017 California Citrus Conference

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is excited to announce our annual California Citrus Conference on October 11 in Visalia, California, at the Wyndham Hotel. The entire citrus industry is invited to participate in the free one-day conference, which will highlight the “best of the best” in citrus research.

What: California Citrus Conference

Where: Wyndham Hotel, Visalia, CA

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When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT SPONSORS

Conference Schedule

6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Free Breakfast Buffet
 
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Train the Trainer: Best Practices for Citrus Field Crews to Prevent the Spread of ACP/HLB.
Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.
SPECIAL REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Register for this session at www.citrusinsider.org or by phone at (559) 592-3790.
Note: This training will be conducted in Spanish only.
 
9:00 a.m.
Welcome to the California Citrus Conference
Gary Schulz, President, Citrus Research Board
 
9:10 a.m.
The Very Latest in Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) Treatment Strategies and Detection Challenges
 Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., Director of Lindcove REC & Research Entomologist University of California, Riverside and Carla Thomas, Plant Pathologist and Epidemiologist, University of California, Davis
 
10:00 a.m.
Exploration and Exploitation of the Microbial Communities that Associate with Citrus Trees
Johan Leveau, Ph.D., Professor of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis
 
10:40 a.m.
Morning Break/ Scientific Poster Touring
 
11:00 a.m.
Improving Nitrogen Management of Citrus
 Steve Petrie, Ph.D., Director of Agronomic Services, Yara North America, Inc.
 
11:30 a.m.
An Address to California Citrus Growers
 Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture
 
12:00 p.m.
Lunch/ Poster Session Touring
 
1:15 p.m.
Being Active is Not Being Bold
 Joel Nelsen, President, California Citrus Mutual
 
1:40 p.m.
An Update from the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee (CPDPC)
Nick Hill, Chairman, CPDPC
 
1:55 p.m.
Priority Post-Harvest Research to Control Insect Pests of California Citrus
Spencer Walse, Ph.D., Research Chemist, USDA-ARS, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Sciences Center
 
2:25 p.m.
A Panel Discussion: Biological Control Program for Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) in California and Arizona
 Greg Simmons, Ph.D., Entomologist, USDA-APHIS; David Morgan, Ph.D., Biocontrol Specialist, California Department of Food and Agriculture and Richard Stouthamer, Ph.D., Entomologist, University of California Animal and Natural Resources
 
3:10 p.m.
Afternoon Break/ Scientific Poster Touring
 
3:30 p.m.
Citrus Breeding for California: New Tools to Meet the Challenge of HLB
 Mikeal Roose, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics, University of California, Riverside
 
4:10 p.m.
Streamlining the Introduction of Citrus Varieties from Huanglongbing Infested Areas into California. A case study – Florida.
 Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Professor and UC Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside and Director, Citrus Clonal Protection Program
 
4:50 p.m.
Closing Session/ Door Prize Giveaway (must be present to win)
 
5:00 p.m.
Conference Concludes

 

Continuing Education (CE) Units

Continuing education units have been applied for and will be available to conference attendees, pending approval by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

 

Hotel Accommodations

Wyndham Hotel – Visalia, CA

9000 W. Airport Drive

Visalia, CA 93277

(559) 651-5000

Special Rate of $99 per night available 

Mention Group Code: Citrus Research Board

Room block rates are valid through OCTOBER 4

 

We look forward to seeing you on October 11 at the California Citrus Conference!

 

Invitation for Bid (IFB) – Conference Room Audiovisual Upgrade

Invitation for Bid 

The California Citrus Research Board (CRB), announces an Invitation for Bid for a Conference Room Audiovisual Upgrade. 

Please click HERE for more info

Invitation for Bid (IFB) – Multifunction Copier Device Lease

Invitation for Bid 

The California Citrus Research Board (CRB), announces an Invitation for Bid for a Multifunction Copier Device Lease. 

Please click HERE for more info

Request for Proposal (RFP) – Assessment Management Database

Request For Proposal

The California Citrus Research Board (CRB), requests proposals for an Assessment Management Database to assist finance staff in managing monthly assessment reporting. Closing date is Thursday, September 21, 2017. 

Please click HERE for more info

CRB HLB External Scientific Review – Final Report

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has released the final report of the HLB External Review, conducted at University of California, Davis on August 14-18, 2017. This report is for use in making future research funding decisions, closing research gaps, encouraging closer collaboration and other purposes as identified in the report.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL REPORT

Citrus Research Board Hires New Lab Director

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has announced the recent hiring of Qijun Xiang, Ph.D., as director of the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory in Riverside, California. 

As lab director, Xiang will work to re-establish a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)-certified high throughput diagnostic laboratory designation for HLB detection with initial emphasis placed on ACP samples. He will report directly to CRB President Gary Schulz and will supervise laboratory staff responsible for preparing and analyzing insect and plant samples. Xiang’s group will work with CRB staff and other agencies such as the California Department of Food and Agriculture/Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, USDA-APHIS, USDA Agricultural Research Service and county pest control districts on regional diagnostic programs.

CLICK HERE TO READ FULL PRESS RELEASE

Citrograph Summer 2017

HLB in Guangdong, China pg. 34

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Citrus Research Board Announces 2017 Citrus Grower Seminar Series

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is proud to announce the return of the Citrus Grower Seminar Series, co-produced by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). Three different meeting dates and locations will give growers from different regions the opportunity to attend.

The FREE half-day seminars start at 8:00 a.m. and are expected to end at 12:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Citrus experts from California and Florida will be sharing their knowledge and expertise with topics on: Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB), integrated pest management, rootstocks, new varieties and alternate bearing.

CLICK HERE to register for the seminars

CLICK HERE to view event flyer (including guest speakers)

 3-hours of Continuing Education (CE) “Other” Units have been approved by DPR.

3.5-hours of Certified Crop Adviser Units have been approved.

Sprayer Calibration and Coverage Training for Improved California Red Scale Control in Citrus

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) will be hosting a half-day Sprayer Calibration and Coverage Training for Improved California Red Scale Control in Citrus. This event will focus on the improvement of California red scale control in citrus and will showcase the basics of sprayer calibration, spraying demos and the future of spray technology. Registration fee is $30 per person for a half-day of instructive spraying techniques and includes lunch. 

Registration is now closed. Please contact the CRB office for more information at (559) 738-0246.

CLICK HERE to view event flyer

Join the CRB in EXETER at the Annual Post-Harvest Pest Control SEMINAR!

Don’t miss out on CRB’s Annual Post-Harvest Pest Control Seminar! This half-day local seminar for researchers, industry personnel and service company representatives will provide updates on recent developments in post-harvest disease control.

The seminar will start at 8:00 am on Thursday, April 13 and conclude at 12:30 pm.

 Seminar highlights include:

A packinghouse food safety roundtable discussion led by Dr. Mary Lu Arpaia, featuring panelists Kevin Severns, general manger of Orange Cove-Sanger Citrus Association; Franco Bernardi, Director of Packing Operations for Agricultural Capital / Suntreat Packing and all seminar presenters.

Seminar Bonus:  

CRB Researcher Spencer Walse, Ph.D., will present a live fogging demonstration that kills ACP in loaded bins, in the field, before they move to the packinghouse, a possible alternate to wet washing.

 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE SEMINAR (DEADLINE: APRIL 5, 2017)