Citrus Disease Prevention Bill Becomes Law

On May 26, 2017 Governor Brown signed California SB243: Citrus Disease Prevention into law. California State Senator Cathleen Galgiani of California District 5 (encompassing all of San Joaquin County and portions of Stanislaus and Sacramento Counties) introduced SB243 in early February and the bill quickly moved through the legislature.

SB243 appropriates over $9 million from the Citrus Disease Management Account to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for expenses necessary for the prevention and management of citrus disease. Previous bills established the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee (CCPDPC) within the CDFA to advise CDFA Secretary Ross on efforts to prevent and manage citrus pests and diseases such as Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing.

Asian citrus psyllid, an invasive pest, feeds on citrus plant leaves and stems causing shoot deformation and plant stunting. Asian citrus psyllid is also a known carrier of Huanglongbing, a bacterial plant disease that kills citrus trees. More information on the pests and their spread into California can be found here.

The CCPDPC also announced a vacancy on the committee. The committee is involved in work plans that include but are not limited to outreach and education, surveying, detecting, analyzing, and pest treatment programs.

Individuals interested in a committee appointment can send a resume addressed to:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services
Attention: Leandro Ramos
1220 N Street, Room 221
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions and more information can be directed to the program manager Leandro Ramos (leandro.ramos@cdfa.ca.gov, 916-654-0317).

CDFA has taken a strong approach in combating Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing. California’s citrus industry generates over $2.1 billion in revenue and supports more than 14,000 jobs.

CCOF has shared information on invasive pest management tips on our blog. For more information, please contact the CCOF Policy department.
 
 

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