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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

Register for 2017 UC Riverside Citrus Day for the Industry

Please join us for the 6th Annual Citrus Field Day, designed for citrus growers and citrus industry representatives. Pending approval, we will be offering 4.5 hours of California Continuing Education Credit for Pest Control Advisers (PCA).

 
 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER

 
 CLICK HERE FOR THE UCR CAMPUS MAP

 

CRB Launches E-Newsletter Campaign!

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has launched it’s first edition of their monthly E-Newsletter for December 2016. The E-Newsletter hopes to bring you up-to-date news from the CRB and industry partners. Click on the link below to view the first edition and make sure to subscribe so that the January edition goes directly to your inbox.

Please click HERE for the 2016 December E-Newsletter

Request For Proposal (RFP) – Accounting Consulting Services

Request For Proposal

The Citrus Research Board requests proposals for a consulting CPA firm that would lead and direct the Finance and Accounting Department. The firm would report directly to the CRB President, work with existing finance and accounting staff (2 members presently), produce reports and present to the contracted audit firm of Borchardt, Corona and Faeth, the CRB Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.

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HLB External 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 September 6-9, 2016. 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.

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Request For Proposal (RFP) – Accounting Consulting Services

Request For Proposal

The Citrus Research Board requests proposals for a consulting CPA firm that would lead and direct the Finance and Accounting Department. The firm would report directly to the CRB President, work with existing finance and accounting staff (2 members presently), produce reports and present to the contracted audit firm of Borchardt, Corona and Faeth, the CRB Finance Committee and the Board of Directors.

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Request for Proposal – Citrograph Production Company

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CITRUS RESEARCH BOARD
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
Notice to Prospective Bidders
August 31, 2016
To Whom It May Concern,
You are invited to review and respond to this Request for Proposals (RFP), entitled:
RFP – Citrograph Production Company
Deadline for Submission of Proposals is Close of Business, September 16, 2016
In submitting your proposal, please comply with these instructions.
Note that all agreements entered into with the State of California will include by reference
General Terms and Conditions and Contractor Certification Clauses that may be viewed and
downloaded at internet site www.ols.dgs.ca.gov/Standard+Language.
In the opinion of the Citrus Research Board and the California Department of Food and
Agriculture, this RFP is complete and without need of explanation. However, if you have
questions, or should you need any clarifying information, the contacts for this RFP are as follows:
Gary Schulz Joshua Crowell
President Contracts and Grants Coordinator
217 N. Encina 217 N. Encina
PO Box 230 PO Box 230
Visalia, CA 93279 Visalia, CA 93279
E-Mail: gary@citrusresearch.org E-Mail: josh@citrusresearch.org
Phone: (559)738-0246 Phone: (559)738-0246
Please copy both contacts on all communications. Also, note that no information given will be
binding upon the State unless such information is issued in writing as an official addendum.
Gary Schulz
President
CITRUS RESEARCH BOARD
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Citrograph Production Company
Basis for Request for Proposals
The California Citrus Research Board, hereinafter referred to as “CRB”, is organized under the
authorities of the California Marketing Act, referred to here as the “Act” (Chapter 1 of Part 2, Division
21 of the California Food and Agricultural Code). The CRB has been in existence since 1968, and the
specific authorities governing its activities are contained in the grower‐approved California Citrus
Research Program (the “Order”). During the existence of the CRB, it has utilized assessments
provided by California citrus growers to fund production research, variety development, quality
assurance, clonal protection, public education and interaction. The CRB also receives federal grant
monies to fund research projects.
As a service to the Growers and the industry, the CRB produces a quarterly publication known as
Citrograph, which serves as an industry‐wide demonstration of the research that the grower
assessments fund. In order to produce a quality product, the CRB needs a qualified Managing Editor
to assist with the production process.
Scope of Work to be Performed
The Citrograph Production will perform the following services:
1. Represent the CRB as the Official Publisher of the Citrograph
Magazine;
2. Attend all planning, publication, committee and necessary meetings
for the publication;
3. Work with the CRB allocated staff members and Editorial Board to
develop editorial content and direction for the Magazine;
4. Organize, coordinate and implement the design, layout and
production of all ads and editorial pages of the Magazine;
5. Coordinate and execute printing of the magazine;
6. Coordinate and execute mailing of the magazine;
7. Ensure overrun copies of the publication are delivered to the CRB
Visalia Office;
8. Develop, coordinate and implement a marketing plan for magazine ad
sales;
9. Sell all advertising;
Request for Proposals
Citrograph Production Company
Page 2 of 5
10. Handle all publication accounting; which includes billing, invoicing
and collection from advertisers. As well as, payment to all vendors for
printing and production of the publication;
11. Provide open lines of communication with CRB on all aspects of the
magazine project, which would include, a pre‐magazine planning
meeting, editorial and magazine pre‐press proofing meeting and post
publication review meeting;
Minimum Qualifications
Citrograph Production Company shall have the following qualifications:
‐ At least 5 years of professional production services for industry‐related publications and
periodicals;
‐ Experience working in the agriculture industry, preferably citrus;
‐ Desirable experience includes working directly with growers, Boards, Commissions, and
other government agencies;
‐ Experience converting scientific data to understandable and aesthetically pleasing formats
for a non‐scientific audience;
‐ Proven track record of actively pursuing advertisers and generating ad‐based revenue;
‐ At least one year of contract based experience, including task management and tracking
billable hours;
Request for Proposals
Citrograph Production Company
Page 3 of 5
Proposed Fees for Service
Bidders submitting responses to this Request for Proposal should provide a breakdown of fees for
providing the services described above.
The breakdown must be include:
1) Fee for Service:
2) Reimbursable Expenses:
3) Other costs / fees;
Also include a list of at least three references from past production clients that the CRB may contact
as part of our evaluation process, as well as a Resume and Cover Letter.
All responses are due by close of business on Friday, September 16, 2016. The successful
candidate will be selected at the September Annual Board Meeting. Successful award of this RFP is
contingent on the execution of an acceptable agreement, in the form of a contract or engagement
letter, as mutually agreed upon by both parties. Said agreement shall be for single year’s
engagement, with the option of additional yearly engagements, awarded at the discretion of the
Board of Directors on an annual basis. The total number of yearly engagements shall not exceed a
period of five years.
All communications for this RFP should be submitted to both Gary Schulz, President, and Joshua
Crowell, Contracts and Grants Coordinator, at the contacts listed below:
Gary Schulz Joshua Crowell
President Contracts and Grants Coordinator
217 N. Encina 217 N. Encina
PO Box 230 PO Box 230
Visalia, CA 93279 Visalia, CA 93279
E‐Mail: gary@citrusresearch.org E‐Mail: josh@citrusresearch.org
Phone: (559)738‐0246 Phone: (559)738‐0246
Request for Proposals
Citrograph Production Company
Page 4 of 5
Background Information
Citrus Research Board Budget and Activities
The CRB conducts scientific research on general production and variety improvement, a quality
assurance program on agricultural chemical residues, pest and disease control functions, and other
activities pertinent to the California citrus industry.
The CRB is funded through assessments paid by California citrus growers at a rate of four cents per
40‐pound box of citrus. This assessment generates just over $7 million per year in addition to outside
grants received of $3 million.
Board of Directors
The CRB operates under the oversight of the Secretary of Food and Agriculture. All actions taken by
the CRB are subject to approval by the Secretary.
The CRB has a board of directors composed of 20 members that are citrus growers from three
different districts throughout the state and one (public) member who is neither a producer nor
marketer of citrus. The Board of Directors includes a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer.
There is a five‐member Executive Committee composed of the three officers, and two additional
Board members.
Staff
The CRB has a staff of 16 including the President, five senior managers and 12 staff.
Request for Proposals
Citrograph Production Company
Page 5 of 5
Date:
Name of Candidate:
Scoring Criteria: Score Weight
(%)
Weighted
Score:
Cost of the services
Firms will be rated by total proposed fees.
25%
Technical Experience of the Firm
Firm will be rated based on the number of years’
experience performing the duties described above.
25%
Qualifications of Firm
Firm will be rated on their qualifications, including
education, continuing education courses taken during
the past two years, years’ experience in similar
positions, and types of experience will be considered.
25%
References
Candidates will be rated based on the reviews of
references provided with the RFP.
25%
Total Score 100%

P.O. Box 230 • Visalia • CA • 93279-0230
(559) 738-0246 Office • (559) 738-0607 Fax

Request for Quote – CRB Editor

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CITRUS RESEARCH BOARD
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
Notice to Prospective Bidders
August 31, 2016
To Whom It May Concern,
You are invited to review and respond to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ), entitled:
RFQ – Citrograph Managing Editor
Deadline for Submission of Proposals is Close of Business, September 16, 2016
In submitting your proposal, please comply with these instructions.
Note that all agreements entered into with the State of California will include by reference
General Terms and Conditions and Contractor Certification Clauses that may be viewed and
downloaded at internet site www.ols.dgs.ca.gov/Standard+Language.
In the opinion of the Citrus Research Board and the California Department of Food and
Agriculture, this RFQ is complete and without need of explanation. However, if you have
questions, or should you need any clarifying information, the contacts for this RFQ are as
follows:
Gary Schulz Joshua Crowell
President Contracts and Grants Coordinator
217 N. Encina 217 N. Encina
PO Box 230 PO Box 230
Visalia, CA 93279 Visalia, CA 93279
E-Mail: gary@citrusresearch.org E-Mail: josh@citrusresearch.org
Phone: (559)738-0246 Phone: (559)738-0246
Please copy both contacts on all communications. Also, note that no information given will be
binding upon the State unless such information is issued in writing as an official addendum.
Gary Schulz
President
CITRUS RESEARCH BOARD
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
Citrograph Managing Editor
Basis for Request for Qualifications
The California Citrus Research Board, hereinafter referred to as “CRB”, is organized under the
authorities of the California Marketing Act, referred to here as the “Act” (Chapter 1 of Part 2, Division
21 of the California Food and Agricultural Code). The CRB has been in existence since 1968, and the
specific authorities governing its activities are contained in the grower‐approved California Citrus
Research Program (the “Order”). During the existence of the CRB, it has utilized assessments
provided by California citrus growers to fund production research, variety development, quality
assurance, clonal protection, public education and interaction. The CRB also receives federal grant
monies to fund research projects.
As a service to the Growers and the industry, the CRB produces a quarterly publication known as
Citrograph, which serves as an industry‐wide demonstration of the research that the grower
assessments fund. In order to produce a quality product, the CRB needs a qualified Managing Editor
to assist with the production process.
Scope of Work to be Performed
The Managing Editor will perform the following services:
1. Participate in quarterly issue planning teleconferences;
2. Provide content suggestions;
3. Write articles, as warranted – to include research, ongoing contact
with authors, interviews, writing, submission for approval, editing;
4. Maintain written and verbal communication with other authors, as
warranted and/or requested;
5. Copy CRB on all correspondence, drafts and other emails so that they
may maintain an electronic record of all actions and status;
6. Establish and maintain current Dropbox folders as a repository for all
drafts and approved articles to be shared by CRB and production
vendors;
7. Edit all written material that will appear in each issue. This includes
subsequent revised drafts of all material;
8. Submit an editorial list to production vendors;
9. Providing recommendations on layout and design to production
vendors, as appropriate;
Request for Qualifications
Citrograph Managing Editor
Page 2 of 6
10. Maintain contact as needed with production vendors;
11. Submit all final editorial content to production vendors on deadline,
unless a delay is generated by an author or CRB. CRB will make every
good‐faith effort to provide all editorial content to the Managing
Editor no later than 48 hours before the editorial deadline; and
12. Proof PDFs submitted by production vendors. This includes
submitting corrections and comments and then passing on to CRB for
their additional corrections and comments. As many PDF versions of
the magazine proof will be edited as required.
Minimum Qualifications
Managing Editor shall have the following qualifications:
Education
‐ Graduation from an accredited 4 year institution with a degree in English, Journalism,
Communications, or a related field;
‐ Completion of or coursework completed towards graduate degrees in English,
Communications, or related field is highly desirable;
Experience
‐ At least 10 years of professional writing, proofing, and editing, especially for industry‐related
publications;
‐ Experience working in the agriculture industry, preferably citrus;
‐ Desirable experience includes working directly with growers, Boards, Commissions, and
other government agencies;
‐ Preferable experience includes working with scientific researchers;
‐ At least one year of contract based experience, including task management and tracking
billable hours;
Request for Qualifications
Citrograph Managing Editor
Page 3 of 6
Other Qualifications
‐ Should be an outgoing, self‐starter;
‐ Detail oriented, and highly organized;
‐ Proficient in Adobe and Microsoft Office Suite;
‐ Ability to facilitate communications between scientific researchers and CRB staff;
‐ Understanding of appropriate scientific terms and writing conventions;
‐ Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
Request for Qualifications
Citrograph Managing Editor
Page 4 of 6
Proposed Fees for Service
Candidates submitting responses to this Request for Qualifications should provide a breakdown of
his or her fees for providing the services described above.
The breakdown must be itemized by:
Fee for Service:
Reimbursable Expenses:
a.
b.
c.
Other costs/fees:
Also include a list of at least three references from past editorial clients that the CRB may contact as
part of our evaluation process, as well as a Resume and Cover Letter.
All responses are due by close of business on Friday, September 16, 2016. The successful
candidate will be selected at the September Annual Board Meeting. Successful award of this RFQ is
contingent on the execution of an acceptable agreement, in the form of a contract or engagement
letter, as mutually agreed upon by both parties. Said agreement shall be for single year’s
engagement, with the option of additional yearly engagements, awarded at the discretion of the
Board of Directors on an annual basis. The total number of yearly engagements shall not exceed a
period of five years.
All communications for this RFQ should be submitted to both Gary Schulz, President, and Joshua
Crowell, Contracts and Grants Coordinator, at the contacts listed below:
Gary Schulz Joshua Crowell
President Contracts and Grants Coordinator
217 N. Encina 217 N. Encina
PO Box 230 PO Box 230
Visalia, CA 93279 Visalia, CA 93279
E‐Mail: gary@citrusresearch.org E‐Mail: josh@citrusresearch.org
Phone: (559)738‐0246 Phone: (559)738‐0246
Request for Qualifications
Citrograph Managing Editor
Page 5 of 6
Background Information
Citrus Research Board Budget and Activities
The CRB conducts scientific research on general production and variety improvement, a quality
assurance program on agricultural chemical residues, pest and disease control functions, and other
activities pertinent to the California citrus industry.
The CRB is funded through assessments paid by California citrus growers at a rate of four cents per
40‐pound box of citrus. This assessment generates just over $7 million per year in addition to outside
grants received of $3 million.
Board of Directors
The CRB operates under the oversight of the Secretary of Food and Agriculture. All actions taken by
the CRB are subject to approval by the Secretary.
The CRB has a board of directors composed of 20 members that are citrus growers from three
different districts throughout the state and one (public) member who is neither a producer nor
marketer of citrus. The Board of Directors includes a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer.
There is a five‐member Executive Committee composed of the three officers, and two additional
Board members.
Staff
The CRB has a staff of 16 including the President, five senior managers and 12 staff.
Request for Qualifications
Citrograph Managing Editor
Page 6 of 6
Date:
Name of Candidate:
Scoring Criteria: Score Weight
(%)
Weighted
Score:
Cost of the services
Firms will be rated by total proposed fees.
25%
Technical Experience of the Candidate
Candidates will be rated based on the number of years’
experience performing the duties described above.
25%
Qualifications of Candidate
Candidates will be rated on their qualifications,
including education, continuing education courses
taken during the past two years, years experience in
similar positions, and types of experience will be
considered.
25%
References
Candidates will be rated based on the reviews of
references provided with the RFP.
25%
Total Score 100%

P.O. Box 230 • Visalia • CA • 93279-0230
(559) 738-0246 Office • (559) 738-0607 Fax

Job Annoucement – Director of Laboratory Operations

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Please submit resumes by August 19, 2016 to jobs@citrusresearch.org

Citrus Research Board Director of Laboratory Operations

Position Summary:
The Director for Laboratory Operations for the Citrus Research Board (CRB), is responsible for assisting the CRB President with administrative, human resource, finance, grant reporting and other key details for CRB laboratory operations in the Riverside area: (1) the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory and (2) the CRB Biocontrol office, laboratory and field operations. The Citrus Research Board’s corporate headquarters are in Visalia, CA, but this position will be located in the Riverside, California area. The Director of Laboratory Operations is a valuable team member that reports to the CRB President and will work with the CRB Research Department, the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory Lab Director, the CRB Entomologist and the USDA biocontrol advisor to ensure regular communications, proper attention to detail, accountability, transparency, and compliance regarding grant requirements/work plans/work instructions. The position requires a positive self-starter who can achieve multiple daily priorities. The Director of Laboratory Operations will be a focused team player who will motivate, inspire and direct staff to achieve success.
Responsibilities:
• Serve as Principal Investigator for CHRP and HLB MAC funded biological control projects, including report preparation and submission, development of grant work plans and budgets.
• Provide direction and support to the two laboratory operations in the Riverside area.
• Work on a regular basis with the CRB Jerry Dimitman Laboratory Lab Director to ensure proper work instruction compliance and agency communication.
• Coordinate Biocontrol logistics (personnel, equipment, vehicles) to ensure goals are met.
• Assist entomologists, field crews and technicians in erecting cages, harvesting biocontrol agents and overseeing experiments.
• Coordinate weekly conference calls to provide updates to personnel and cooperators.
• Serve as liaison with scientists, growers and homeowners in the investigation into new ACP/HLB detection and control techniques.
• Oversee delivery of fruit to homeowners who voluntarily allow removal of possible HLB positive hosts.
• Report regularly to the President regarding operational details.
• Assist the CRB Finance Department in the annual budget preparation, review of monthly budget variance reports, approval of expenditures, timely submission of accounts payable and subsequent production of claims to respective funding agencies.
• Provide lead management liaison with the California Agricultural Support Services (CASS) agency in hiring, evaluation and possible termination recommendations to the President.
• Serve as the lead staff member regarding organizational responsibilities for the Biocontrol Task Force, the Lab Path Forward Committee and the Lab Technical Advisory Committee. This includes collaboration with the committee chairmen and the President, and preparing meeting notices/agendas/minutes.
• Provide regular communications to the board, the staff and the citrus industry regarding the work of the two CRB laboratory operations.
• Prepare and present technical and non-technical presentations.
• Support the President by attending meetings, conferences and events as assigned.
• Serve as an advisor to Cal Poly-Pomona’s ACP Senior Research Program.
• Perform any and all other duties as may be required from time to time as the need arises and as assigned by the President.

Recommended Qualifications:
• PhD degree in entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology or other relevant degree program preferred.
• 5 years of experience in research related to agricultural production or related science.
• General knowledge of citrus pest and disease detection and management preferred.
• 3 years of organizational leadership and management track record of success is a priority.
• Must be a dependable self-starter with a good work ethic.
• Demonstrated PC skills and software (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel) required.
• Excellent planning, verbal, and written communication skills required.
• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License

Physical Requirements:
Work situations occur in both office and field locations.
• Office work involves sitting for long periods of time
• Working at a desk or computer keyboard
• Occasional bending and lifting of objects
• Field work involves driving vehicles to work locations
• Walking over uneven ground
• Work in a citrus grove
• Working in extreme weather conditions of heat or cold
• Working in wet weather conditions
• Working on ladders
• Ability to lift up to 45 pounds

See full annoucement and application instructions HERE

The Citrus Research Board is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.