Citrus restrictions hit California's Tulare County

12/04/2012 06:22:00 PM
Mike Hornick

“The burden is on the industry,” Nelsen said in the release. “As long as producers cooperate in the eradication effort, CDFA will uphold their role in the partnership.”

Citrus greening disease — or HLB — has not been found in Tulare County. Psyllid findings are common in California, but only one case of HLB has been identified, in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County.

Traps will be checked throughout the six months of restrictions.

“If we find more we’ll move to a quarantine,” Lyle said.

CDFA is working with Kinoshita’s office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A Dec. 11 meeting in Tulare, Calif., will address the measures and answer questions. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the International Agri-Center, in the Heritage Complex Auditorium on Laspina Street.

Speakers include Ted Batkin, president of the Citrus Research Board, and Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County agricultural commissioner. Information is available at 559-738-0246 or info@citrusresearch.

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