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Citrus Industry eNews: Early Bloom; Crop Forecast; Labor Update

This Citrus Industry eNews Exclusive masthead represents the electronic newsletter now being sent weekly to growers and industry If you would like to receive this eNews directly via e-mail, please subscribe here.

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DON’T MISS THIS
Citrus Bloom Widespread; New Forecast is Friday
Citrus bloom has been sighted in groves across Florida’s citrus belt, signaling the start of the next fruit growing season. An updated crop forecast for the current season will be released Friday at noon. Get more information.

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LABOR UPDATE
Coalition Seeks “Guest Worker” Solution for Citrus, Other Ag
Mike Carlton, director of labor relations for Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, discusses the work of an Ag Workforce Coalition that hopes to make it easier for agriculturists, including the citrus industry, to obtain needed laborers from outside the United States. He also discusses the citrus harvesting labor situation in Florida this year. Hear the details.

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HAVE YOU HEARD?
Click on the links below to read or hear the stories.
Hear the Live Citrus Crop Forecast Feb. 8
More than 500 at HLB Conference
Youth Program: Citrus Tree Silent Auction
Some Seeing Unprecedented Changes in FL Citrus Crop
Soil “Transplants” May Hinder Diaprepes in Flatwoods Citrus
Greening Awareness Grows
Cool Weather a Sweet Surprise for Farmers
Should Orange Co. Citrus Growers Get Free Water?
Citrus Growers Fund More Research into HLB
Citrus Greening Will Ruin Morning OJ
Coke Engineers its OJ with an Algorithm
Citrus Canker Case Now in Judge’s Hands
Good Egyptian Citrus Season Expected
Australian Citrus Industry Sees Red over OJ Attack

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Mike Sparks

FROM THE FIELD
Sparks: Governor Proposes $5 Million for Citrus’ HLB Effort
Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks says Gov. Rick Scott included $5 million for the fight against HLB in his 2013-14 budget proposal. Learn more on the proposal and hear about a grower visit to Washington next week.

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SNEAK PEEK
February Citrus Industry Includes CEU Opportunity
An article and test offering a continuing education unit is one of numerous features in the February issue of Citrus Industry magazine. Other articles address psyllid management in organic groves, root health on HLB-affected trees, lessons about canker from kumquat research, and field trial results for a relatively new herbicide. Citrus Industry editor Ernie Neff reports.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Feb. 8 USDA Citrus Crop Live Forecast at 12 p.m. on www.SoutheastAgNet.com

Feb. 12 Certified Pile Burners Course, Hendry County Extension Office, LaBelle

Feb. 12, 19, and 26 Citrus Production School, Family Service Center, Arcadia

Feb. 14 Scouting for Citrus Pests & Pest Management, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, contact 863-674-4092 or maz@ufl.edu for required preregistration

Feb. 14 Citrus Pest Management Guide Update OJ Break, Stuart Conference Center, Bartow, contact Chris Oswalt at 863-519-8677 or wcoswalt@ufl.edu

Feb 19 New Varieties Development and Management Corporation’s IFAS variety display, CREC, Lake Alfred, contact Peter Chaires at pchaires@nvdmc.org

Feb. 20 Florida Citrus Commission meeting, Florida Department of Citrus, Bartow

Feb. 21 Highlands County Citrus Growers Association annual meeting, Chateau Elan, Sebring, contact 863-385-8091

Feb. 27 Florida Citrus Hall of Fame’s Citrus Celebration Luncheon, Florida Southern College, Lakeland

Feb. 27-28 HACCP for Florida Fruit and Vegetable Packinghouses, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred

March 1 Posters and Pastries Research Gallery (research showcased by graduate students and postdoctoral associates), Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred, contact Jen Dawson (863-956-5890) or Kathy Snyder (863-956-5891)

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