13 06, 2019

Riverside County Reverses Budget Cuts to UC Cooperative Extension

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Research|0 Comments

Riverside County Board of Supervisors was persuaded to reverse its decision to drastically reduce its budget for UC Cooperative Extension from $674,064 to $112,000 on Monday, June 10th at its public budget meeting.  The UC Cooperative Extension partnership with Riverside County is over 100 years old and has always been a highly productive partnership that [...]

23 05, 2019

USDA Concurs with Mutuals

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease, Research|0 Comments

In the 2014 Farm Bill, Florida and California Citrus Mutual were successful in inserting a research program specific to ACP/HLB.  It allocated $25 million a year for research across the country in this vital area.  In the 2018 version, Florida and California were joined by Texas to sustain the effort and were successful in that [...]

18 04, 2019

Industry BSL3 Facility Passes Big Test

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Research|0 Comments

The industry sponsored BSL3 facility being built in Riverside jumped a major hurdle this past Tuesday.  A containment facility of this sort must past a certification inspection conducted by USDA.   The only other facility that can research critical bacteria or virus needs for agriculture is located on the Davis campus and is significantly over subscribed [...]

28 03, 2019

Industry HLB Lab this Close!

By | March 28th, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease, Research|0 Comments

How close you ask?  The facility passed a final pre-certification test last week and now the California Citrus Research Foundation (CCRF) awaits confirmation from USDA as to when they will visit, inspect, and ultimately communicate the lab is open for business.  A vision started by the University of California Riverside was given life when the [...]

1 11, 2018

ARS and Citrus Industry Back Together?

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Events, Research|0 Comments

Historically the relationship with the California citrus industry and the Agricultural Research Service/USDA had been a strong one but in recent years the relationship has been tested.  Staff changes at ARS, a clear need to focus on HLB in Florida and priority reduction for California needs has frustrated industry research leaders and most notably the [...]

4 10, 2018

Citrus Research Board Seeks New President

By | October 4th, 2018|Categories: Research|0 Comments

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) has launched a nationwide search for a new president for the organization and a search committee is being formed. “This year marks the Citrus Research Board’s 50th anniversary,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer. “As we celebrate this milestone, we also are rededicating ourselves to do our utmost to ensure the [...]

14 06, 2018

Senate Ag Committee Advances Farm Bill

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Politics, Research|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday passed the Agriculture Improvement Act by a vote of 20 - 1.  Majority Leader McConnell has committed to consider the bill prior to the 4th of July congressional work period.  For the citrus industry and the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, many of our policy and resource request were accepted [...]

2 05, 2018

BSL3 Lab on Bumpy Road to Completion

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Research|0 Comments

On Tuesday California Citrus Research Foundation Trustees traveled to Riverside to ascertain why facility completion remains behind schedule.  Representatives from the construction firm and UCR were queried by Trustees specific to facility specs, proposed research projects, and budget-related issues.  To say the least, the session wasn’t all sugar and spice but 95% of the work has [...]

12 04, 2018

Part 2: Full Details of CCM’s Washington, D.C. Visit

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Research, Trade, Water|0 Comments

As reported in last week’s Market Memo, CCM Chairman Curt Holmes, President Joel Nelsen, and Executive Vice President Casey Creamer were in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss our federal priorities.  Little did we know that as we were boarding the plane that we would be in the middle of a huge trade dispute, as [...]

8 02, 2018

California Citrus Mutual Attends Citrus Day

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Research|0 Comments

The University of California at Riverside and the Citrus Research Board partnered to host the UC Riverside Citrus Day for the Industry on February 6, 2018, in Riverside, California. Citrus Day began with an update on changes impacting citrus, presented by Ruben Arroyo, Riverside County Ag Commissioner.  Ruben discussed new pesticide regulations, namely Assembly Bill [...]