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Mike Sparks

Tariff-Funded Citrus Research Bill Passes 1 Senate Hurdle 

Legislation to obtain up to $30 million a year in federal citrus research funding for HLB and other serious problems cleared a major hurdle Wednesday with passage by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill pushed by Sen. Bill Nelson was strongly supported by Florida Citrus Mutual. Hear Mutual CEO Mike Sparks comment on the Wednesday action and read more details.


Greg Carlton
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CHMAs Working for Florida Growers

The Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs) that growers use to coordinate sprays for HLB-spreading psyllids are working very well, says the state's top agricultural pest fighter. Greg Carlton, chief of the agriculture department's Bureau of Pest Eradication and Control, tells how many CHMAs there are and gives a broad overview of their results. He also discusses possible future uses for CHMAs, non-participating growers and abandoned groves. Hear more.


M. Carlton
Citrus Expo Will Address H-2A

A grower panel at Citrus Expo on Aug. 15 will discuss the management of H-2A labor. Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association Director of Labor Relations Mike Carlton will moderate the panel; he offers an overview and discusses the labor situation in the just-completed Florida citrus season. Get the details.


Duke Chadwell
Chadwell Discusses Fresh Citrus Shipments Decline
Fresh fruit shipments from Florida declined in the just-ended season, continuing a downward trend. Citrus Administrative Committee Manager Duke Chadwell discusses the shipments decline and the reasons. Listen to his report.

July 24 Citrus Research and Development Foundation Commercial Product Development Committee meeting, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred


July 24 Citrus Research and Development Foundation board of directors meeting, Citrus Research and Education Center, Lake Alfred


July 24 Citrus Program (topics include weed management; resetting; soil and leaf analysis), Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, contact 863-674-4092 or for required preregistration


July 27-29 Florida Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Conference, Osceola Heritage Park, Kissimmee


Aug. 7 Citrus Grower Round Table Meeting, Family Service Center, Arcadia, contact Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association at 863-494-0061 or Steve Futch at 863-956-8644


Aug. 14 DuPont Crop Protection Seminar: Overview of Cyazypyr™ in Citrus, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, Immokalee, contact or 863-674-4092 for required preregistration


Aug. 15 Gulf Citrus Growers Association's Annual Citrus Banquet, Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers, contact 239-690-0281


Aug. 15 Casino Night Fundraiser for Florida FFA, Holiday Inn at Gulf Coast Town Center, Fort Myers


Aug. 15-16 Citrus Expo, Lee Civic Center, North Fort Myers

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