In November 2017, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors demonstrated a commitment to fight the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) by approving a budget transfer in the amount of $250,000 to the Agricultural Commissioner’s department to cover costs associated with removal of abandoned citrus groves. Since that time, Assistant Ag Commissioner, Tom Tucker, has implemented an aggressive abatement program.
To date, he has taken enforcement action on 60 properties totaling 423 acres of dead or neglected trees. He also contacts homeowners in possession of abandoned citrus in order to educate them about ACP and HLB. To date, he has gained compliance from approximately 20 property owners representing about 140 acres of citrus without needing to utilize county funds. Tucker will continue to make visual observations and use his legal authority to follow the progress on outstanding parcels and any future sites.