USDA seeks citrus growers to sit on disease advisory committee

03/18/2014 02:36:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

citrus greeningVicky BoydCitrus greening can reduce fruit size. The immature orange on the top came from a tree infected with citrus greening. The one on the bottom is from a healthy tree.The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking citrus producers to sit on a citrus disease advisory subcommittee.

The group will advise the agriculture secretary on citrus research, Extension and development needs; consult and collaborate with the USDA and other groups involved in citrus; and provide research and Extension recommendations related to citrus disease.

Members also will advise the department on the research and Extension agenda of the Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program, according to a news release.

The subcommittee, which falls under the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, was established by the Agricultural Act of 2014.

The subcommittee will comprise nine members who must be citrus producers. Three members must be from Arizona or California, five from Florida and one from Texas.

Deadline for nominations is March 28.

Candidates must submit an AD-755 "Advisory Committee Membership Background Information" application form and their resume to the REE Advisory Board Office, Room 3901, South Building, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C., 20250-0321.

Cover letters and letters of support for nominees should be address to the secretary of agriculture.

For more information on advisory committees, visit the USDA.

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