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Register for 2018 UC Riverside Citrus Day for the Industry

Please join us for the 7th Annual Citrus Field Day, designed for citrus growers and citrus industry representatives. Pending approval, we will be offering 5.0 hours of California Continuing Education Credit for Pest Control Advisers (PCA).

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Job Announcement – CRB Research Associate

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Please submit resumes by January 31, 2018 to Gary@citrusresearch.org

JOB TITLE: CRB Research Associate

REPORTS TO: CRB Chief Research Scientist

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

LOCATION: CRB office, Visalia, CA

WORK HOURS: Typically Monday through Friday; occasional extended hours and weekends, travel subject to operational demands

SUMMARY: The Citrus Research Board Research Associate provides important support to the Chief Research Scientist for a more professional, proficient and complete department. Writing, editorial, project management, communication and business development skills are necessary.

The Citrus Research Program is a grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act as a mechanism for enabling the California citrus growers to sponsor and support needed scientific and technical research to further the goals of the California citrus industry. The program is administered by the Citrus Research Board, which is commonly referred to as the CRB.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
• Serve as a key science-oriented administrative assistant to the Chief Research Scientist.
• Serve as a member of the Citrograph editorial team. In this capacity, assist in determining quarterly issue content, article creation, formatting, proofing, editing and determining strategic direction of the publication.
• Under the direction of the Chief Research Scientist, write “white papers”, concept documents and other citrus-related documents.
• Provide staff assistance for the administrative details of the Research Development & Implementation Committee. This involves working with the Chief Research Scientist, President, Committee Chairman, Committee Members and consultants/attorneys.
• Draft meeting notices and agendas in compliance with Bagley-Keene Open Meeting rules. Prepare and submit minutes in a timely, correct and professional manner.
• Provide leadership in the Research Department as directed by the Chief Research Scientist in terms of project management. Details include involvement in establishing research priorities, drafting the Request For Proposals (RFP), and determining the research consideration and award schedule.
• Communicate regularly with researchers, staff and board/committee members. The research associate will receive and review research reports, receive and review research pre-proposals/proposals, communicate impending deadlines to researchers/potential researchers, provide leadership in regularly communicating to the research community the work of the Citrus Research Board through direct communication and through electronic newsletters and website postings.
• Participate as a member of the Research Department in the Researcher Engagement Program as developed and directed by the Chief Research Scientist.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Research Scientist and/or the President.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
• Clear, effective written and oral communication.
• Self-starter with pride in the outcome of the final project.
• Ability to serve at the direction of the Chief Research Scientist in writing meeting notices, agendas and meeting minutes.
• Thoroughness and accuracy.
• Knowledge, experience and ability to assist researchers, committee members, staff, professional consultants and others in identifying viable inventions for field testing and commercialization.
• Ethical conduct and the ability to exercise confidentiality.
• Ability to create and organize files.
• Ability to meet deadlines and organizational goals.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
B.A. or B.S. in communications or life sciences field is required. Industry experience in science communication, entrepreneurial commercialization, and/or research project management may be substituted. Solid experience and knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, DropBox, Office 365, PowerPoint and Excel is a necessity. Must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent residency.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and clean driving record.
• Occasional out-of-town, multi-day business trips will be necessary.
• Preparing and delivering oral presentations.
• Ability to work both independently and in group settings for problem solving and collaboration.
• Extensive writing, formatting, editing and proofing is a major part of this position.
• Competent use of standard office equipment such as computers, scanners, database management software, telephones and photocopiers.
• Lifting of boxes weighing up to 35 pounds.

EOE STATEMENT:
The Citrus Research Board is an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status or other characteristic protected by the law.

CRB to Host New Assessment Form Trainings

Effective October 1, 2017, deliveries to packing houses will need to use a new CRB assessment form. The form will be available on the CRB website as we are creating a new database to allow for the electronic submission of forms. The changes can be explained in three factors:

  1. Please submit organic production separately from conventionally produced citrus. We have developed two different forms: one for each type of production.
  2. Please submit your production as delivered from each of the three production districts.
  3. Please submit your production by the detail of varietal type and cultivar as afforded on the respective assessment form.

 

Please note that the data being supplied is distributed in an accumulated form to assure confidentiality for every grower.

The Citrus Research Board is conducting a series of meetings to present the assessment form changes. The meeting is geared toward packing house managers and assessment administrative staff. Please find information about meeting dates, times and locations below.

 

CLICK HERE for more information

     Please RSVP before November 3rd by emailing tsilveira@citrusresearch.org or by calling

Tiffany Silveira at 559-738-0246.

CLICK HERE to download flyer

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

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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, 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, Riverside
 
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

4-hours of Continuing Education (CE) “Other” Units have been approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. 

Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Units
Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Units have been applied for and will be available to conference attendees, pending approval. 

 

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!

 

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.

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Jim Gorden Elected CRB Chairman

Citrus veteran and pest management pioneer Jim Gorden was elected chairman of the Citrus Research Board (CRB) at a meeting of the Board on February 8, 2017. He will complete the term of Richard Bennett, who stepped down from the helm on January 20. Gorden previously had served as CRB chairman in 2009-11.
 
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CRB Researcher Michelle Cilia Honored with Presidential Early Career Award

Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., California 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).
 
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Photo Caption: Michelle Cilia, Ph.D., working in her lab with graduate student, Annie Kruse. Annie is a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University working on citrus greening research in the Cilia Lab.

New Mandatory Tarping Regulation Meeting Scheduled for January 9

The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program will hold an industry meeting in the Central Valley on January 9 to review the new mandatory tarping requirement recently approved by the California Office of Administrative Law.

The emergency rule requires all bulk citrus loads to be fully tarped during transport regardless of where the load originates from or its destination. The statewide mandatory tarping regulation is in response to a recommendation from the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee to prevent the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture will begin contacting growers, haulers and packers to re-sign compliance agreements that include the tarping requirement. These entities are urged to begin preparations now while they wait to receive new compliance agreements.

To attend the informational meeting, CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 To review a Q&A on the new mandatory tarping rule, CLICK HERE