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Citrus Industry eNews: HLB Breakthrough; Citrus Research Bill

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Breakthrough in Citrus Greening Research
University of Florida-IFAS researchers recently published the genome of a bacterium that is the closest cultured relative to the causal agent of citrus greening disease, or HLB. “The significance of this is that we now have available a cultured strain that we can use for antibiotic testing. This should greatly speed the hunt for effective treatments,” University of Florida Senior Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources Jack Payne wrote. Get the details.

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No Citrus Research Bill from Lame Duck Congress
The lame duck Congress, tied up in “fiscal cliff” discussions, failed to address a much-hoped-for bill that would have funded millions of dollars in citrus research annually with tariffs on imported citrus products. Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks discusses the bill and his optimism for its future. Hear his report.

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USDA Citrus Crop Forecast Jan. 11 at Noon
Rep. Raburn Discusses ‘Citrus Glitch Bill’
Promoting Citrus: Getting Better OJ in Florida Schools
Citrus Industry Members Invited to NAMA Lunch
Citrus Growers Worry About Potential Freeze
OJ Price Dips Could Squeeze Profits for Beverage Makers
Q & A with USDA’s Nat’l Ag Statistics Service’s Jim Ewing
His Citrus Groves Were Like a Second Family
Cold Weather Has SoCal Citrus Growers Working Overtime
EU: Shortage of Easy Peel Mandarins Expected
S. Africa Citrus Farmers Expect Another Positive Year

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New Florida Citrus Varieties on ‘Fast Track’
New Varieties Development and Management Corporation Executive Director Peter Chaires discusses a plan to get new citrus varieties into Florida growers’ hands more quickly. Learn more.

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Making FAWN Better for Citrus Growers
Several improvements make the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) an even better and more accessible tool for Florida citrus growers. FAWN Director Rick Lusher has the details.

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Conference and Trade Show, January 26, 2013

Jan. 7 Processing Statistics Reporting Advisory Committee meeting, Florida Department of Citrus, Bartow, contact or 863-537-3953

Jan. 8 Getting Prepared for Freezes, Southwest Florida Research & Education Center, Immokalee, contact or 863-674-4092 for required preregistration

Jan. 10 Citrus Harvesting Research Advisory Council meeting, Florida Department of Citrus, Bartow, contact Sandy Barros at 863-956-2025

Jan. 11 Live USDA Citrus Crop Forecast at noon on

Jan. 16 Private and Core Restricted Use Pesticide License Review and Testing, Hardee County Extension Service Office, Wauchula, contact 863-773-2164 to preregister

Jan. 17 Farm Labor Supervisor Training Program, Turner Agri-Civic Center, Arcadia, contact Marcela Rice at or 239-658-3400

Jan. 17 Susan Nardizzi of FDACS will present “Targeted Strategies to Market Florida Agriculture: Fresh from Florida Program to Expand Efforts for the Most Aggressive Outreach Yet” at the Florida Chapter of the National Agri-Marketing Association lunch and learn, Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront Hotel, contact 561-855-3010 or for required reservations

Jan. 18 New Varieties Development and Management Corporation’s IFAS variety display, Indian River Research & Education Center, Ft. Pierce, contact Peter Chaires at

Jan. 25-26 AGRItunity, West Central Florida Agricultural Educational Center, Bushnell

Feb. 1 Ag Tree Crop Pesticide License Review and Testing, DeSoto County Extension Service Office, Arcadia, contact 863-993-4846 to preregister

Feb. 2 Hendry County Extension Ag Tour, contact Debra at 863-674-4092

Feb. 4-7 International Research Conference on HLB, Caribe Hotel, Orlando

Feb. 7 Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association’s 20th Annual Meeting, Pioneer Park, Zolfo Springs, contact 863-494-0061 or

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