7 11, 2019

CRB Elects New Executive Officers

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Research|0 Comments

On September 24, 2019, during the Citrus Research Board’s (CRB) Annual Meeting, the Board voted to recommend three members to the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross for approval to serve as the organization’s executive officers.  The 2019-2020 Executive Officers are: Justin Brown, CRB Chairman; John Konda, CRB Vice Chairman, [...]

27 09, 2019

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new Biosafety Level-3 Lab

By | September 27th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Education, Pest and Disease, Research|0 Comments

On September 26, 2019, leaders from the California citrus industry and the University of California, Riverside gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a Biosafety Level-3 Lab that will be used by researchers to identify a cure for the devastating citrus plant disease Huanglongbing, or HLB. The state-of-the-art lab is the product of a partnership [...]

18 07, 2019

USDA Visits with California Citrus

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Research|0 Comments

Dr. Wendy Jin, the Executive Director of the USDA-APHIS-PPQ Science and Technology, Scott Pfister with USDA-APHIS-PPQ Laboratory Director, and Dr. Greg Simmons, USDA-APHIS CPHST Laboratory came to California to visit with science and technology personnel, projects, and cooperators, which included the Citrus Research Board and the Citrus Pest and Disease Program Committee.  Dr. Jin’s background [...]

27 06, 2019

Long-awaited HLB research lab soon to be a reality

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Pest and Disease, Research|0 Comments

On Monday, the executive committee for the California Citrus Research Foundation held a conference call with CRB leadership and the UC Riverside containment director about the status of the facility’s USDA certification, occupancy prospects, and equipment and facility functions. We were notified that USDA is authorizing specific members of the research committee to access the [...]

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 [...]