USDA Buying $20 Million of Fresh Mandarins

Jim Rogers California Corner, Mandarins

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will purchase up to $20 million of fresh mandarins and tangerines for distribution to food banks, schools and other non-conventional markets. According to California Citrus Mutual (CCM), this is the first time USDA has made such a purchase under authority of Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act Amendment of 1935. The purpose of …

California Citrus Showcase to Expand

Jim Rogers California Corner, Events

California Citrus Mutual (CCM) and JCS Marketing, Inc. have announced an event collaboration for this year’s California Citrus Showcase on March 9 at the Visalia Convention Center. This collaboration creates an opportunity for the growth of both organizations and the expansion of the event. The expansion will afford the citrus industry more educational, networking and promotional opportunities. Casey Creamer, president/chief …

Citrus Breeding Program Funded in California

Jim Rogers Breeding, California Corner

New federal funding of $1 million will establish a citrus breeding program in California. The program will be at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) field station in Parlier. It will identify new citrus varieties that are best suited for changing climatic pressures such as drought, consumer taste preferences, and resistance to pests and diseases such …

California Oranges Shipped to Korea Require Treatment

Jim Rogers California Corner, Regulation

The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is reminding California orange packinghouses that the first preharvest field application of zinc-copper-lime — or a registered alternative — is required for all orange blocks eligible to ship to Korea this season. These fungicide applications are protective treatments for management of Septoria spot. The treatment should be applied between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30.  Zinc-copper-lime or …

California Citrus Industry Follows in Florida’s Research Footsteps

Jim Rogers California Corner, Research

By Danielle Leal During a recent trip to Washington, D.C., California Citrus Mutual (CCM) representatives visited with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and members of Congress to outline several citrus industry priorities and secure funding for research. CCM President and Chief Executive Officer Casey Creamer announced during the 2022 California Citrus Conference that the Citrus Research Board received funding from …

Citrus Industry More Effective When Collaborative

Jim Rogers California Corner, Events

By Danielle Leal The 2023 California Citrus Conference in Visalia proved collaboration is pivotal when tackling industry issues. The conference, hosted by California’s Citrus Research Board, had a lineup of industry leaders, researchers and others who updated growers on California’s citrus industry. Casey Creamer, president and chief executive officer of California Citrus Mutual, spoke on strengthening the connection between research …

Advocating for Citrus on Capitol Hill

Jim Rogers California Corner, Legislative

Several California Citrus Mutual (CCM) directors and staff members recently met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials and members of Congress to discuss some of the industry’s biggest priorities. Those priorities include funding for HLB prevention activities and the upcoming 2023 farm bill. CCM directors Matt Fisher, Jared Plumlee, Keith Watkins, Zak Laffite and Julia Inestroza were accompanied on …

California Citrus Mutual Expects Increased Crops

Jim Rogers California Corner, Crop Forecast, Mandarins

The California Citrus Mutual (CCM) Marketing Committee —comprised of growers, shippers and marketers — anticipates the state’s 2022–23 navel orange and mandarin crops will be larger than last season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also predicted larger California crops in its initial citrus forecast for the 2022–23 season. The navel orange crop will be approximately 10% over the previous season’s …

California Seeks Funding for CYVCV Disease

Jim Rogers California Corner, Diseases

With citrus industry backing, California state legislators have requested $2.5 million in emergency state funds to help prevent the spread of citrus yellow vein clearing virus (CYVCV). The first finding of the new disease in the United Sates was recently made in Tulare, California. Casey Creamer, California Citrus Mutual (CCM) president and chief executive officer, said the statewide grower organization …

Government Shutdown Not Affecting California Citrus — Yet

Len Wilcox California Corner, Citrus

An analysis by California Citrus Mutual (CCM) indicates there is no major impact at the present time on government programs that affect California’s citrus industry. This could change if the shutdown drags on, however. According to the report, “Our major priority would be the ACP/HLB program sometimes known as CHRP (Citrus Health Response Program). We are not suffering any major …

New Regulations Costly to California Growers

Len Wilcox California Corner, Economics

New regulations will cost California citrus growers an average of $701 per acre per year, or $203 million annually statewide, according to a new study commissioned by the Citrus Research Board (CRB). “Compliance with environmental regulations not associated with groundwater sustainability is estimated to increase costs by $17.7 million, or $67 per acre of citrus,” predicts Bruce A. Babcock, a …

California Watershed Order Revised

Len Wilcox California Corner

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently adopted significant revisions to the Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed Agricultural Order. The order will impact all irrigated regulatory programs statewide, including those that do not currently operate with a coalition system as in the Central Valley. Two years ago, the SWRCB released the first draft of revisions to the order …

Freeze Alerts by Phone for California Citrus Growers

Len Wilcox California Corner, Weather

Freeze alerts by phone will be available this winter for California citrus growers. California Citrus Mutual (CCM) is implementing a new system to help Central Valley growers stay updated on freeze alerts. Growers can sign up for text notifications to be alerted when the CCM Central Valley Weather Watch forecast is updated. This will include updates during critical nights. To …

California Agencies Moving to Further Restrict Chlorpyrifos

Len Wilcox California Corner, Regulation

Chlorpyrifos is being targeted again by environmental agencies. According to a press release from California Citrus Mutual (CCM), the California Environmental Protection Agency announced in mid-August that both California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment are pursuing new restrictions on chlorpyrifos. CCM says that chlorpyrifos is one of the most important and widely …

California Department of Pesticide Regulation to Study Chlorpyrifos

Len Wilcox California Corner, Regulation

A new effort is underway in California to further regulate chlorpyrifos. On August 18, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued a directive for interim mitigation measures to address health risks from the pesticide. This action marks the start of a public and scientific review of DPR’s revised draft risk assessment that could lead to increased restrictions statewide. At …

Citrus Group Objects to New Rules for Pesticide Use Near Schools

Len Wilcox California Corner, Regulation

Over industry objections, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is continuing its effort to create new regulations for the use of agricultural pesticides near school sites and licensed child day care facilities. A recently published revision included changes made due to input received during public review. This revision did not go far enough to satisfy objections. After reviewing the …