CRAFT Cycle 5 Offers New Category for Funding

Josh McGill CRAFT, HLB Management, planting

Cycle 5

The Citrus Research and Field Trial (CRAFT) board of directors and staff are pleased to announce that the application for Cycle 5 of the CRAFT new tree planting program is now available online. Any interested commercial grower in Florida has until 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 30 to apply.

The CRAFT board of directors, with the help of the Technical Working Group, has established a list of list of factors of interest that includes areas of focus that are considered of higher interest for Cycle 5. The factors of interest list is not all-inclusive, and growers are encouraged to submit all project applications that they believe may be beneficial in the fight against HLB.

Growers are responsible, with assistance from the CRAFT Technical Working Group, for working out a six-year field demonstration project. Rules for participation in the CRAFT program can be found here.

Additionally, the CRAFT board of directors approved a new category within Cycle 5. Along with the regular solid-set planting and reset categories, this cycle will include a solid set with Program for Expedited Propagation (PEP) materials category.

Projects for this new category will be between 20 and 50 acres. They must include equal plantings of four of the five PEP scions (Parson Brown, Roble, Carney Two, Carney Three and Donaldson), as well as one additional standard Hamlin to serve as a control. All five scions must be on the same rootstock. Growers may choose the rootstock they prefer. Those who apply and are approved for participation in this category will receive $8,000 per acre over the course of their agreement. Additional details are available here.

For any questions or more information, reach out to Program Manager Tamara Wood at 863-698-9276 or, or contact Assistant Program Manager Tina Buice at 863-214-3731 or

Source: Florida Citrus Mutual

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