California works to prevent spread of HLB

05/31/2012 03:56:00 PM
Tom Burfield

CDFA has done a good job keeping HLB out of commercial groves, Blakely said.

The California industry has learned a lot from what has happened in Florida, said Paul Huckabay, Western citrus sales manager for Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Oviedo, Fla.

“They’re on top of it,” he said, with federal, state and local agencies conducting monitoring and trapping programs.

Alex Teague, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Limoneira Co., Santa Paula, Calif., said growers always are concerned about any kind of bacterial or viral disease, but the people of California “always rally to keep it contained and eradicated.”

Agencies are working on it, infected trees are being treated and people are vigilant, he said.

“That’s all you can do.”


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