Restrictions have been lifted on the movement of citrus fruit and citrus plants in Tulare County. As a result of detections of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in the Lindsay/Strathmore and Terra Bella areas in October and November 2012, citrus fruit was only allowed to move outside the restricted zones if it had been treated according to requirements and then commercially cleaned and packed.
In April, the U.S. District Court of Northern California granted motions brought by both CropLife America (CLA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to dismiss a lawsuit filed by environmental activists a few years ago attempting to restrict the use of many different crop protection tools because of the Endangered Species Act.
There’s good news in four California counties this week as state and federal ag officials lifted the European grapevine moth quarantine for Santa Clara, Nevada and Santa Cruz counties, and a portion of Sonoma County.
Western Growers Tom Oliveri attended an Asian Citrus Pysllid (ACP) informational meeting held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare Wednesday. The California Citrus Industry led by California Citrus Mutual, The California Citrus Research Board, and the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program facilitated the meeting to discuss the recent Asian Citrus Pysllid finds in Tulare County and the establishment of 5‐mile restricted areas.
What started last week as the detection of the invasive pest is now restricting movement of citrus fruits and plants in parts of Tulare County. The following is courtesy of the California Department of Food and Agriculture:
The Asian Citrus Psyllid was discovered in Tulare County, agricultural offices said Monday.
The CDFA is in the process of establishing a 20 mile quarantine area, requiring two years without a find before eradication can be declared. Fruit may be harvested and moved within the quarantine area without restriction. To move outside the quarantine area, fruit must be cleaned and graded. Also, fruit from outside the quarantine area may transit through a quarantine area, but must move without stopping or delay.
Click here to read an article by the Associated Press.
Pest exclusion is crucial to protecting American agriculture. This is a process that begins with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conducing agricultural inspections at U.S. ports of entry. However, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published this week shows large inefficiency gaps in the agricultural mission within CBP.
This week Western Growers concluded its summer district meetings, held up and down the California Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. WG Chairman Mike Jarrard and CEO and President Tom Nassif, along with senior staff, led the discussions that were open to all current members.
Will Romney Beat Obama? Gov. Brown Veto Heat Illness Bills? Please join WG Chairman Mike Jarrard and President and CEO Tom Nassif and other WG leaders for a 90-minute discussion about politics and produce in Oxnard, Santa Maria or Salinas Thursday, Sept. 13. They’ll be in Bakersfield, Visalia and Coalinga Monday, Sept. 17.