Larry Black, president of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) board of directors, announced that Harold Browning is resigning as CRDF chief operations officer on March 31, 2018. Browning has served the CRDF and the citrus industry in this role since April 2011.
“Harold has a unique skill set as a scientist, administrator and industry ambassador that has served the industry well in his role at CRDF,” said Black. “Harold has indicated that his commitment to the citrus industry continues and he intends to remain engaged in HLB solutions in the private sector following his separation from CRDF. On behalf of the CRDF board of directors, I thank Harold for his service to CRDF and look forward to his continuing contributions to the citrus industry.”
According to Black, the strong CRDF board and committee structure will ensure the organization continues to evolve to meet the needs of the industry. “Harold has assembled an effective team that will assist CRDF with this transition. The highly qualified CRDF staff will continue to work tirelessly to fulfill the organization’s mission and deliver solutions to the industry.
“Processes are in place to continue the good work of the CRDF. A project plan has been developed to conduct the April 2018 call for proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The report and recommendations from the National Academies of Science will complement the priorities set by the industry.
“Harold indicated that his role with CRDF has been both challenging and rewarding. The evolution of HLB research projects over 12 years in Florida provides a strong baseline for future solutions for the Florida citrus industry. Harold stated that he believes that we are near a time when compounding benefits of this investment will become available to growers and allow the industry to rebuild and prosper.”
The CRDF board of directors will meet on March 13, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. to discuss leadership transition.
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