DPI Citrus Mtgs To Introduce New Compliance Info

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida

Richard Gaskalla, FDACS/DPIThis week starts the series of citrus grower meetings hosted by the Florida Dept of Agriculture’s Division of Plant Industry. Hear the schedule in the first report posted below, and in the other report, hear comments from the Director of FDACS/DPI, Richard Gaskalla, about these efforts to help control spread of greening and canker.

Listen To wma Report (2:00 mp3)
Listen To wma Report (2:00 mp3)

and for dates, times and locations of these important meetings click here for more information:
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will be hosting statewide information sessions on new guidelines and regulations for the Citrus Health Response Program.

When and Where?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007
UF/IFAS Stuart Building
1710 US Highway 17-98S
Bartow, FL 33830
9 – 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Indian River Education Center
2199 South Rock Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34945
9 – 11:30 a.m.
(click on map & driving directions in lower left corner)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
2686 State Road 29 N
Immokalee, FL 34142
10 – 12:30 p.m.
(click on ‘location’ in the menu bar on the left side of the page for directions to facility)

Wednesday August 1, 2007
9:30 – 12 pm
Family Service Center
310 W. Whidden Street
Arcadia, FL
Facility is three blocks west of Highway 17 and two blocks north of Highway 70 West. For detailed directions, call 863-993-1333.

Thursday August 2, 2007
9:30 – 12 pm
Highlands County Extension Office
4509 SE George Blvd
Sebring, FL 33875
Visit the following web site for directions:

Who should attend?
Citrus grove owners/managers, citrus nursery owners/managers, grove caretakers

The purpose of these workshops is to provide information on the new guidelines and regulations for growing and shipping Florida citrus. Agenda will include a CHRP program overview videotape covering nursery requirements, budwood certification, decontamination, survey techniques for greening and canker, and best management guidelines for citrus diseases. There will also be presentations on disease suppression techniques for the Asian citrus psyllid, citrus greening and citrus canker. Agriculture officials and UF/IFAS staff will be in attendance to answer questions in a panel discussion format.

These workshops are being held to assist growers, nursery owners and caretakers understand the new guidelines and regulations and provide tools to help effectively manage citrus production.

For more information, contact:
Denise Feiber, APR, 352-372-3505 x102 feiberd@doacs.state.fl.us

Ellen Dyck, 352-372-3505 x100 dycke@doacs.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner