Seminar series begins for citrus growers

The Sun-Gazette


visalia – Citrus surrounds the foothills and its communities. It is not only a key contributor to culture, but a way of life. With the economic power of citrus in the area, the effects of the drought and the Asian citrus psyllid have posed very real threats. But seminars are now being offered around the state that can help local growers combat these problems.

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) announced 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 first meeting will be on Monday, July 11 at the City of Temecula Conference Room in Temecula, CA. On Tuesday, July 12, the meeting will be held at the Santa Paula Community Center in Santa Paula, CA. The last meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 at the Loomis Veterans Hall in Loomis, CA.

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 in nutrition, root diseases, Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB), drought and water management, rootstocks and new varieties, the California Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP) and maintaining mandarin fruit quality after harvest.

Speakers will include:

• Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., Director of Lindcove Research and Extension Center, IPM

Specialist Department of Entomology, University of California, Lindcove Research and Extension Center

• James Graham, Ph.D., Professor of Soil Microbiology, Citrus and Research Education Center, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, Florida

• Blake Sanden, Irrigation and Agronomy Farm Advisor, Cooperative Extension Kern County, University of California

• Mary Lu Arpaia, Ph.D., CE Subtropical Horticulturist, University of California, Kearney Agriculture Center

• Mike Roose, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics, Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside

• Tracy Kahn, Ph.D., Curator and Givaudan Citrus Variety Collection Endowed Chair Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside

• Rock Christiano, Ph.D., Research Associate, Citrus Clonal Protection Program (CCPP), Lindcove Research Extension Center

Speakers vary by location. For a detailed list of speakers at each meeting location and to register to attend, visit or contact Amy Witt (559) 738-0246 or [email protected] Continuing Education Units (CE Units) have been approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Reporters interested in covering the seminar must RSVP by end-of-day Wednesday July 6, by contacting: [email protected]

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