Florida citrus growers who can’t make it to California for the IRC should plan on attending the Citrus Growers’ Institute in April.

The recent news reports out of California concerning citrus greening, also known as HLB, are not good. Infection detection rates are up, as are Asian citrus psyllid quarantines. While citrus greening has not yet found its way into commercial groves in California, California’s position as another state suffering from citrus greening means The International Research Conference on HLB will be held in The Golden State this year. Slated for March, it’s the first time the conference will be held in California, according to a Citrus Industry article. While that’s quite a trek for many Florida citrus growers, the information disseminated at the conference will be summarized at the Citrus Growers’ Institute on April 2nd. See details below.

Florida Growers Encouraged to Attend the Citrus Growers’ Institute

Citrus Research and Education Center Director, Michael Rogers, encouraged Florida citrus growers who couldn’t make it out to California for The International Research Conference on HLB to attend the Citrus Growers’ Institute on April 2nd in Avon. “The goal of our IFAS citrus program continues to be to provide growers with the most up-to-date information that they can use to help maintain or increase the production of their groves,” he said in the Citrus Industry article.

Many researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will be presenting in California at the conference. That information will also then be shared with Florida citrus growers at the Growers Day, which summarizes the researchers’ discussions, will be a part of the Citrus Growers’ Institute. “Our goal is to get as much useful information on living with HLB in the hands of growers, and doing this in a timely manner,” Rogers maintained in the Citrus Industry article.

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