Senator Galgiani to Hold Hearing on the Asian Citrus Psyllid’s Threat to California Citrus

May 01, 2018

Media Advisory

 

Senator Galgiani to Hold Hearing on the Asian

Citrus Psyllid’s Threat to California Citrus

What: Senate Agriculture Committee – Informational Hearing: Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing Disease: An Update on the Continuing Threat to California’s Citrus

                             When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018,  9:30 AM

                             Where: State Capitol, Room 113

                             Who: Senator Cathleen Galgiani

                          Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee

                          Nick Condos, Interim Director, Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, California Department of Food and Agriculture

                          Alyssa Houtby, Director of Government Affairs, California Citrus Mutual

                          Nick Hill, Citrus Grower; Immediate Past Chairman and Current Committee Member, Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention     Program, CDFA

               Kevin Severns, Citrus Grower; General Manager, Orange Cove-Sanger Citrus Association; Immediate Past Vice Chairman and Current Committee Member, Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, CDFA

 

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, chaired by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, will hold an informational hearing titled “Asian Citrus Psyllid and Huanglongbing Disease: An Update on the Continuing Threat to California’s Citrus” on Tuesday, May 1st in the State Capitol.  California is facing a serious infestation of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an invasive pest that threatens to kill every California citrus tree.  As already seen in Florida, this tiny pest and the disease it carries, Huanglongbing (HLB), has the ability to devastate both the citrus industry as well as residential citrus trees.  The aim of the hearing is to focus on the crisis facing California citrus due to the rapid spread of ACP throughout the state.   Current state, federal, and local actions to detect, control, and prevent the spread of ACP and HLB will be discussed; the economic impact of ACP/HLB in California; and strategies and solutions to mitigate the spread of ACP/HLB and efforts to find a cure to treat infected trees.

 

For More Information:  Senator Galgiani’s Capitol Office: (916) 651-4005