Calif. Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s (D-Los Angeles) bill meant to protect California’s iconic citrus industry from the spread of Huanglongbing (HLB) passed the Senate and is being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature.
Assemblyman Jim Patterson will be hosting a Citrus Industry Town Hall to discuss the Asian citrus psyllid and the steps being taken to control its spread in California. The California Department of Food and Agriculture, local government officials and leading citrus researchers will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions.
The whitefly in the Santa Maria Valley is causing havoc as it is aiding in the spread of the recent outbreak of Pallidosis in strawberry fields. The pest and disease instill worry as growers survey the stunted plant growth, brittle roots, purple foliage, all leading to the death of the plant. What is a strawberry grower to do when the crop has to be disked under?
Because of concern about the possible elimination of the LBAM Federal Order, Western Growers recently submitted a letter to APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea in support of retaining the Light Brown Apple Moth Program, which is designed to halt the spread of the pest.