Western Farm Press is reporting that Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner Les Wright has implemented a countywide Asian citrus psyllid quarantine for Fresno County. Wright’s decision eliminates regulatory restrictions and makes it easier for growers to ship citrus within the county and from Tulare County in Fresno County.

Several pest discoveries around the state made over the past year in several locations warranted to move.   

Jeff Janas

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has placed 118 square miles in Placer County under an Asian Citrus psyllid quarantine. The move comes following the detection of multiple life stages on citrus trees within the City of Lincoln. 

The quarantine prohibits the movement of citrus and curry leaf tree nursery stock, including all plant parts except fruit, out of the quarantine area and requires that all citrus fruit be cleaned of leaves and stems prior to moving out of the quarantine area. 

Jeff Janas

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released its response to public comments provided on the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) Disease proposed regulation changes.

CDFA’s response includes suggestions for improving the regional quarantine concept. All total, 84 oral and written comments on the proposed regulation changes for citrus nursery stock and citrus commodities were submitted.

Jeff Janas

The Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their final decision and order last week regarding EPA’s request for Bayer to cancel of all uses of flubendiamide, or Belt, in the United States. The EAB essentially upheld the decision of the EPA Administrative Law Judge supporting the cancellation of Belt without a hearing to challenge EPA’s decision.

Stephanie Thara

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