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The Highlands County Citrus Extension Newsletter
Highlands Citrus Talk
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To: Highlands County Citrus Growers, Production Managers, and Allied Indus-
Re: Upcoming Grower Meetings
From: Tim Hurner, Multi-County Extension Citrus Agent, Highlands County
i. Highlands "Citrus Grower Forum"
This is the first for this venue of meeting which may become a series of meetings that we have de-
veloped to respond to a grower concern or need that I have heard expressed.
The idea for this meeting format came from comments made to me by growers over the past ten
months. That is we need to talk to each other and share our experiences in battling Citrus Green-
ing and Citrus Psyllid. We listen to the research community and hang on every word, but each of
us is experiencing things that can be of benefit to share.
Our encountering and dealing with the psyllid, greening and canker has been described as a war.
We need to develop a war mentality and do things we may have not done before. A war is differ-
ent from a battle or skirmish. As we are engaged in this war over these pests it is essential that we
prepare reconnaissance, share intelligence, and discuss battle strategy and plans as we try to defeat
the foe. I believe we have a better chance to win if we work, plan and attack jointly.
Hence the development of this meeting to allow growers to come together and share how
they are dealing with these pests, and express their interest, ideas and needs to aid in
this fight for the benefit of ourselves and each other.
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Attached is an invitation to a Highlands "Citrus Grower Forum" to be held Wednesday morning Sep-
tember 3rd. This forum is s joint effort of the Highlands County Citrus Growers Association and the
Highlands County Extension Citrus Program. All growers, production managers, allied industry repre-
sentatives, and others are invited and urged to attend this forum.
Please either send in your registration or call to let me know you are coming so we can prepare for
2. Florida Citrus Mini-Greening Summit
The Florida Citrus Extension Agents have planned a Mini-Greening Summit to be held in late Sep-
tember and early October. The summit will travel to six locations.
The Highlands County Mini-Greening Summit will be held on Thursday morning October
A flier announcing the summit is attached to this letter. Please either send in your registration form
or call or email your registration to me so we can adequately plan for refreshments and space. CEU's
will be provided for restricted Use Pesticide License holders and Certified Crop Advisors.
We look forward to seeing you at these two meetings.