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Citrus Industry eNews: Grower and Researcher on HLB

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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Jerry Newlin

DON’T MISS THIS
Citrus Grower Newlin on HLB and its Management
Grower Jerry Newlin, final speaker at last week’s HLB grower day in Lake Alfred, tells how his company manages HLB. He also shares his view of the industry’s struggle with the disease, and tells what HLB research appears most promising. Hear the details.

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Michael Rogers

FROM THE FIELD
Current and Future Citrus Psyllid Control for HLB Management
HLB-spreading psyllids with bad appetites or defective wings are among the HLB solutions scientists are seeking for the future, University of Florida researcher Michael Rogers says. But Rogers, who spoke at last week’s HLB grower day, also says diligent, coordinated control of psyllids remains a key to coping with HLB. Listen to what else he had to say.

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HAVE YOU HEARD?
Click on the links below to read or hear the stories.
Department of Citrus Maps its Future
Highlands Seeks New Citrus Agent
Crisis in the Citrus Groves
Man Sues over Rodent Remains in Orange Juice
FL Researchers Develop Medically Safer Hybrid Grapefruit
New Efforts in California to Fight HLB
Arizona Citrus Quarantine Area Expanded
Mexico: Pests Threaten 40,000 Hectares of Citrus
Peru Expects to Increase its Citrus Exports by 10% Annually
S. African Citrus Growers Take Measures to Avoid Ban

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USDA/NASS Jim Ewing

CROP FORECAST
Valencia Forecast Down Due to Fruit Drop
Jim Ewing, USDA/NASS, delivered the monthly citrus crop forecast and gives some startling changes in Florida as well as California. Hear his report and read more about the decreased forecast and how greening is taking its toll on groves.

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Doug Ackerman

FDOC UPDATE
Department of Citrus Head Apparently Meets Expectations
Eight out of nine members of the Florida Citrus Commission have given Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Doug Ackerman average job performance scores ranging from 3.56 to 4.29 out of 5 possible points. One commissioner rated Ackerman’s performance much lower. Hear the details.

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 20 Florida Citrus Commission Meeting, Florida Department of Citrus, Bartow

March 20 Mature Citrus Mentors, Lake County Agricultural Center, Tavares, contact Anna Perez at 352-343-4101, ext. 2714

March 20 Collier County Extension Ag Tour, contact Robert Halman at 239-353-4244

March 21 Panel Discussion: USDA Risk Management Agency’s New Fruit Policy for the 2013-2014 season, Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland, RSVP to 863-682-1111 or laurenb@flcitrusmutual.com

March 23 Hendry County Extension Ag Tour, call Debra at 863-674-4092

April 2 Florida Citrus Growers Institute, South Florida State College, Avon Park

April 3 U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory Open House, Ft. Pierce, contact 772-462-5800

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