California Growers Show Strong Support for Citrus Research Board

Josh McGill California Corner, Research

California citrus growers recently voted by a large margin to continue their support of the Citrus Research Board (CRB) in a state-mandated referendum. The recently concluded referendum, which must be held every five years, was conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).

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A majority of eligible citrus producers voted in the referendum. Their support was nearly unanimous with 97.8%, representing 99.51% of the state’s citrus volume, voting in favor of continuing the CRB.

CDFA Marketing Branch Chief Joe Monson said, “Since the referendum results exceed the criteria required for continuation … the department has authorized the program to continue operating for another five-year period, through Sept. 30, 2027.”

Over the past five years, the CRB has worked continuously to advance findings within four research priorities: vectored diseases, pest management, production and post-harvest technology, and new varieties. Much of the research has focused on the deadly disease huanglongbing (HLB), and advancements have been made to keep the infections from spreading in California. The diligence of California’s growers has kept HLB from entering the state’s commercial groves.

“We are pleased to once again receive the support of the industry,” said CRB President Marcy L. Martin. “And we look forward to continually improving upon the scientific pillars that allow the California citrus industry to thrive.”

The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, a grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act. The program is the mechanism enabling the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research.

Florida citrus growers voted in favor of a similar measure earlier this year, reauthorizing the Florida Citrus Research Order for another six years. In that referendum, 76% of growers representing 69% of the state’s citrus acres voted in favor of the order. Learn more about the Florida vote.

Source: Citrus Research Board