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REGISTER TODAY for the 40th Annual Citrus Post-Harvest Pest Control Conference in Santa Barbara, CA!

April 24-25, 2019 | Santa Barbara, California

This technical two-day citrus conference for industry personnel, service company representatives and researchers will provide updates on recent developments in post-harvest disease control, export requirements and food safety.

Deadline to Register: APRIL 18, 2019

Registration Fee: $500


Please call the CRB office at 559-738-0246 for more information.

Conference Highlights:

Fruit Quality and Decay Management; Auditing for food safety compliance following GWP and GAP guidelines; International MRL Compliance; Update on CCQC Activities; Update on research and control of ACP/HLB


Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara
1111 E Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 882-1234 |

Hotel Reservations:

Rates of $189 per night are available.
Room block rates are valid through APRIL 12.

Continuing Education (CE) Units:

Units have been applied for through the California Department of
Pesticide Regulation for license categories PCA, QAL and QAC.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Contact Carolina Evangelo at or (559)738-0246

Citrus Industry Food Safety Forum
April 25th | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Facilitator: Mr. Ted Batkin

   Join citrus industry food safety professionals for a round table discussion on the real challenges facing the citrus post-harvest industry today. The goal of this forum is to learn from each other and find commonalities that we can work together on. We will also address new trends in the industry that present challenges and opportunities.



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Breakthrough in the Battle Against Fruit Flies


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New Faces at the CRB


Register Today for 2019 UC Riverside Citrus Day for the Industry

On Tuesday, January 29, 2019 the University of California, Riverside and the Citrus Research Board are teaming up once again to provide the 8th Annual Citrus Field Day designed for citrus growers and citrus industry representatives. 


Other Details:
Lunch is included with registration.
Registration: $35.00
Please call the CRB Office for more information at (559) 738-0246.

1.5-hours of “Laws and Regs” and 3.5 -hours of “Other” Continuing Education (CE) Units have been approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation for license categories PCA, QAL, QAC and Private Applicator.

For more information on program call: (951) 827-5906
For more information on registration call: (559) 738-0246





REGISTER TODAY: Joint Conference of the IOCV XXI and IRCHLB VI Coming to Riverside, CA





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Citrus Research Board and UC create a $1 million endowment for citrus research


For more information, contact:

Carolina Evangelo




Citrus Research Board and UC create a $1 million endowment for citrus research

VISALIA, CALIF. – October 22, 2018The Citrus Research Board and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have established a $1 million endowment to fund the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at the UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center. The endowed researcher will provide a UC Cooperative Extension scientist a dedicated source of funds to support scholarly activities focused on the long-term sustainability of the citrus industry.

“I wish to thank the Citrus Research Board for establishing the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at LREC endowment,” said UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston. “This gift, coupled with the $500,000 match from the UC Office of the President, will help to ensure the long-term success of exemplary research focused on the California citrus industry.”

UC President Janet Napolitano provided half the funds for the endowed researcher; the CRB donated the other half.

“We are gratified that President Napolitano has selected the CRB for this prestigious match program,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer. “It will be invaluable in helping us to pursue critical research that will yield beneficial findings to support the sustainability of the California citrus industry.”

The new endowment supports the UC Citrus Clonal Protection Program, which distributes pathogen-tested, true-to-type citrus budwood to nurseries, farmers and the public to propagate citrus trees for commercial and personal use. The CCPP maintains blocks of trees that serve as the primary source of budwood for all important fruit and rootstock varieties for California’s citrus industry and researchers.

The CCPP is a cooperative program between UC ANR, CRB, the California Citrus Nursery Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. CCPP director Georgios Vidalakis, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in plant pathology at UC Riverside, shared his appreciation for the efforts that led to the creation of the new endowed researcher position.

“My thanks to the citrus growers for their decades-long support, especially the members of the CCPP committee of the CRB for their vision, and UC’s Greg Gibbs for coordinating all of the efforts,” he said. Vidalakis also praised Lindcove director Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell “for making the case to our growers about the importance of this endowment and for making plans to house the UC ANR endowment at the LREC.”

A selection committee will award the endowment to a distinguished UC ANR academic. An annual payout will be used to provide salary, graduate student and/or program support. The researcher will be named for a five-year term. At the end of that period, the appointment will be reviewed and either renewed or taken back to a selection committee to choose another UC ANR academic.

“I would like to thank the CRB for this generous gift and their continued support of our research for CCPP at the LREC,” said UC ANR Director of Major Gifts Greg Gibbs.

The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act as the mechanism enabling the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. More information about the Citrus Research Board may be found at

The Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection is the fifth $1 million UC ANR endowment to support California agriculture. The other endowments are:




The Citrus Research Board presented the $500,000 endowment to the University of California on October 10, 2018 at the 2018 California Citrus Conference. Pictured are (left to right): Dan Dreyer, Chairman, Citrus Research Board; Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., Director of Lindcove Research and Extension Center and Research Entomologist, University of California, Riverside; Tu Tran, Associate Vice President, Business Operations, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Greg Gibbs, Director of Major Gifts, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Professor and UC Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside and Director, Citrus Clonal Protection Program.

CLICK HERE to download high resolution image. 

CLICK HERE to download full press release. 

Citrus Research Board Announces Interim President

VISALIA, CALIF. – October 8, 2018 – The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is pleased to announce Franco Bernardi will serve as the organizations interim president. As of October 15, Bernardi will lead daily staff operations and management.

Bernardi’s leadership will guide the CRB during the next several months as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and continues to invest in solutions to huanglongbing (HLB), the deadly citrus disease that has devastated other citrus-growing regions worldwide.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to call on one of the leaders of our industry to steer the helm as our search committee looks for a full-time president,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer, who will announce Bernardi’s appointment formally on October 10 at the annual California Citrus Conference, which is attended by hundreds of citrus growers, researchers and other industry representatives.

Bernardi held a seat on the CRB Board for 27-years, serving as CRB chairman from 1997-99, Bernardi had chaired a number of CRB committees during his nearly three decades on the Board. He also served on the boards of other organizations, such as the Central California Orange Growers Cooperative, California Citrus Advisory Committee, California Citrus Mutual and the California Citrus Quality Council, to name only a few.

Early in Bernardi’s career, he worked at Del Monte Foods in their ag research division and then as a senior research associate for the University of Arizona. For 38 years prior to his retirement, he served in management at a number of citrus operations, including Superior Farming, Paramount Citrus, Sun World, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Agricultural Capital Management.

The Lucca, Italy native is a 28-year resident of Visalia, who studied agricultural science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 52 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren.

The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 enabling the State’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. More information about the Citrus Research Board may be found at




Release of Citrus HLB Research Funders Initial Collaboration Meeting Final Report

On August 7-8, 2018, twenty-one federal and state citrus research funding agency representatives met at the USDA Agriculture Research Service Horticulture Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida to discuss the recommendation made by the 2018 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study on HLB research for all the HLB research funding agencies “to develop a fresh systems approach to HLB research prioritization and strategic distribution of resources for research leading to effective HLB management.”

The meeting opened with presentations by Dr. Tom Bewick, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA, Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor Emerita, Oklahoma State University and chairman of the NASEM HLB Research committee and Dr. Jeff Gwyn, Program Director of the International Wheat Yield Partnership. Each of these presenters made the case for a coordinated funding model for HLB research. Dr. Fletcher, in particular, amplified the recommendations that the NASEM committee put forth, calling for greater coordination among the state and federal agencies funding HLB research.


2018 California Citrus Conference

Registration is now closed.

Limited on-site registration is available.

For additional information

please call the CRB office at (559) 738-0246. 


Continuing Education (CE) Units

3-hours of Continuing Education “Other” Units have been
approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

7-hours of Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Units
have been approved for the following:
Soil & Water Management: 0.5, Integrated Pest Management: 4.5, 
Crop Management: 0.5, Professional Development: 1.5

We look forward to seeing you on October 10 at the 
California Citrus Conference!






CRB Special Board Meeting Minutes

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 the Citrus Research Board held a Special Board Meeting.

CLICK HERE to view the meeting minutes.