Kenneth Freeman of Laux Management in Porterville cleans citrus leaves and branches from a hedging and topping maching before it leaves a grove for another location. Thoroughly cleaning equipment represents one tactic for preventing spread of the Asian Citrus psyllid.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
Bob Blakely of California Citrus Mutual notes growers’ comments during a meeting where citrus growers and packers discussed ways to slow the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid into the San Joaquin Valley, and hold off the fatal citrus disease the psyllid can carry.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
Citrus growers, packers discuss disease threat
What will California citrus growers and packers prepare to do to eradicate a pest most have never seen themselves, and fight a disease they have only read about? Read more...

State seeks way to solve ‘a big biomass problem’
Across California, tens of millions of trees are dead, intense wildfires burn, and orchard and forest waste piles up, as more plants that convert wood waste into electricity close due to expiring contracts with utility companies. Read more...

Senate sends overtime bill back to Assembly
A bare-majority vote in the state Senate sends back to the Assembly a bill to change overtime-pay rules for agricultural employees. The Assembly has until Aug. 31 to take final action on the bill. Read more...

Commentary: California needs to unite for more water storage
As most of California recovers from this historic drought, one thing we can count on is that history will repeat itself. Read more...

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