Title: Treasure Coast citrus notes
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IFAS Extension


St. Lucie County Extension 8400 Picos Road, Suite 101, Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3045
772 462-1660 http://stlucie. ifas.ufl.edu

Treasure Coast Citrus Notes

August 2009

Inside this Edition
Exploring the Potential of Biofuel Feedstocks for the Florida
Treasure Coast Workshop
Citrus Expo 2009
Citrus Mechanical Harvesting Workshop
CHRP Abandoned Grove Initiative
Packinghouse Day and Indian River Postharvest Workshop
Video Presentations of the 2009 Citrus Greening Symposium, Bartow
New Federal Minimum Wage
Platinum 75SG Citrus Label Addition
Certified Pesticide Applicator Training

Exploring the Potential of Biofuel Feedstocks for the
Florida Treasure Coast
UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Extension is partnering with the USDA /ARS Horticultural Research
Laboratory in Ft. Pierce to sponsor an exciting program focusing on the potential for growing
biofuel crops on the Treasure Coast. The reality is that we have thousands of acres of land on
our Treasure Coast area that is no longer in citrus production. It is critical to the economic
future of these landowners and to our communities that these acres become productive once
again. The Citrus Greening Disease situation precludes replanting most of these acres to citrus
in the near future. Planting transitional biofuel crops that are sustainable and help to lessen our
dependence on foreign oil suppliers could prove to be very beneficial to our area producers.
The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 27 at the USDA/ARS Horticultural Research
Laboratory at 2001 S. Rock Road in Ft. Pierce. The agenda and list of very knowledgeable
presenters for this important meeting are posted on the following page:

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Exploring the Potential of Biofuel

Feedstocks for the Florida Treasure Coast

This workshop is designed to provide insight into the potential of growing
Biodiesel feedstock here on the Treasure Coast.
Thursday, August 27, 2009 8:30 to 2 30
USDA /ARS Horticultural Research Laboratory
2001 S. Rock Road
Fort Pierce, Flond. i 34945

Facilitator: Anita Nel, Director, UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension
.:30 Current status of the domestic and international biodiesel industry
Dr. RaLidal von Wedel, CytoCulture Internuoin.L Inc
9.00 Sunflower as a rotational biodiesel feedstock
Dr. Dan Chellemi, Research Plant P.tlologist, USDA/ARS Horticultural
Research Laboratory, Fort Pierce
9 30 Key issues impacting Jatropha as a biodiesel feedstock
Dr. 'Wazgei Vendrame, ornamental ptoductiol, UF/IFAS Tropical
Research and Educational Center, Homestead
10:00 Integratlion ofAlgal Turf Scrubbers into crop production systems
Dr. T.J. Evens, Research Ecologist, USDA/ARS Horticultural Research
Laboratory, Fort Pierce
10:30 Planktonic algal culturing for biofuel feedstock production
J.R. Apinwall Midwest Research Institute
11:00 Pyrolysis and its potential contribution for 2nd generation biofuels
Dr. Akwasi Boateng, Chemical Engineer, ARS-Eastern Regional Research
Center, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania
11:30 The Snohomish County Waslhington Biofuels Initiative
Deanna Carveth, Project Specialist, Snohomish County Biofuels
12:00 The Vermont Biodiesel Initiative
Chris Callahan, project EnenectL, Callahan Euneerineg., PLLC
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2009 Citrus Expo
This year's Citrus Expo will feature the theme "Using Today's Innovations Toward future
Success". The Expo will be held at the Lee Civic Center in Ft. Myers on August 19-20, 2009.
Pre-Registering for the event will enter you in a grand prize drawing and help the organizers to
plan for your complimentary meal tickets. The program features pest management, production
economics, mechanical harvesting, current research and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)
topics. There will be CEU and CCA credits offered for appropriate portions of the program on
both days. In addition, the Citrus Expo boasts the citrus industry's largest trade show with
more than 150 exhibiting companies on display.

Click on the following hyperlink to go to the Citrus Expo website and see a copy of the program,
registration details and a list of hotels in the area:


Mechanical Harvesting Workshop
Harvesting activities for the 2009-2010 season are just around the corner. We have scheduled
a Mechanical Harvesting Workshop to be held on Thursday, September 24 at the Indian River
Research and Education Center, 2009 S. Rock road in Ft. Pierce.

Even though we are a long way from using current mechanical harvesting technology for our
fresh fruit harvesting, interest and utilization in processed fruit harvesting continues to gain
momentum. Please let your harvesting contractors know about this meeting in the event that I
don't have them on my mailing list.

Citrus Mechanical Harvesting Workshop
Thursday, September 24
Indian River Research and Education Center

9:30 AM Registration and Welcome

9:45 Concerns on Tree Health, Dr. Jim Syvertsen, CREC

10:15 -Abscission Chemical Update, Dr. Bob Ebel, SWFREC

10:45 Current Machinery and Machine Enhancements, Dr. Reza Ehsani, CREC

11:15 Mechanical Harvesting Economics, Dr. Fritz Roka, SWFREC

Recognizing the pest and disease risks associated with abandoned citrus groves, the state has initiated a
comprehensive plan lor their removal and destruction. This initiative will help mitigate the impact of exotic citrus
pests and diseases (namely citrus greening and citrus canker) by identifying abandoned groves and working
cooperatively with county tax assessor offices and property owners regarding abatement options and tax
incentives which will foster removal of these reservoirs of infection.

Key components:
S Calalog all abandoned groves throughout the state
* Mlap all high-risk abandoned groves
S Contact abandoned grove owners to ask their intentions for properties
S Inform owners if their groves are not kept in production, they will not be considered part of CHRP
S Inform owners if they eliminate live citrus trees in abandoned groves, it is considered a bona fide
agricultural practice and will remain in compliance with CHRP guidelines, thus maintaining their
agriculture exempt status.

Agricuiitral land tax exemption FDACS' interpretation and position on Section 193-461(7), Florida Statutes,
is that if you have a valid CHRP compliance agreement and are in good standing, then the property covered
by the agreement is considered in agncultural use, thus for tax purposes is eligible for agricultural land use
classification. County property appraisers in citrus-growing areas are developing policies that comply with
Section 193.461(7), Florida Statutes.

Property owners with abandoned groves should contact their local CHRP office for more information (see
back). Proper documentation is required by county tax assessor offices for exemption, so please contact your
local CHRP office for details. If you know of abandoned groves in your area, please report the property to your
local CHRP office.

Abandoned Grove Defined:

No commercial fruit harvest
during last two seasons

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Citrus Health Response Program Mission
Working together to produce healthy citrus
* Ensure security of citrus germplasm and citrus nursery programs
* Support effective disease I disease vector management
* Monitor defendable phytosanitary protocol that allows fresh fruit movement to all markets
* Implement citrus nursery clean stock program

Ressurces for the Industry
Tools to support citrus
* Compliance agreements and business plans designed to provide guidance and protect citrus
* Grower Assistance Program decontamination training, survey assistance, self-survey and business plans
* Best Management Practices
* Participate with growers in the Business Plan Share Program

Citrus Genuplasm Introduction Program
Important disease-free start
* Ensures citrus germplasm is free from any known graft-transmissible pathogens
* Each variety undergoes years of intensive telling before release
* Provides approved germplasm to citrus budwood registration program
* New 20,000 sq ft facility at future Alachua County budwood site

Citrus Budwood Registration
0R;.: '. . Ig to disease pressures
* Provides clean budwood to citrus industry
* Facilities located outside of cilrus-growing area
* 80,000 sq ft facility in Levy County
* Redundant '.IO 000-sq-fi locauon planned in Alachua County

Citrus Nursery Guidelines
pl c ,.i, ', clean stock for citrus groves
* Rules and regulations to protect industry, 58-62
* Geographic separation of new nurseries and groves
* Citrus nursery stock is propagated and housed in approved insect-proof structures
* All citrus nurseries are on 30-day inspection cycle
* Compliance agreements are required

FDACS/DPI Citrus Health Response Program Offices -
Contact Information

Avon Park
3397 US Hwy 27 South
Avon Park, Florida 33825
Phone: 863-314-5900

Vero Beach / Ft. Pierce
8075 20th Street
Vero Beach, Florida 32966
Phone: 772-778-5069

424 East Market Road, Unit 10
Immokalee, Florida 34142
Phone: 239-658-3684

4129 County Rd. 561
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: 352-253-4547

Winter Haven
3027 Lake Alfred Road
Winter Haven, FL 33881-1438
Phone: 863-298-7777

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SPackinghouse Day & The

Indian River Postharvest


Packinghouse Day
When: Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Where: Citrus Research and Education Center, 700 Experiment Station Road,
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
Time: Registration opens at 8:30 A.M., Program starts at 9:30 A.M.
Lunch Sponsor: DECCO

Indian River Postharvest Workshop
When: Friday, August 28th, 2009
Where: Indian River Research and Education Center, 2199 S. Rock Rd., Ft.
Pierce, FL 34945
Time: Registration opens at 8:30 A.M., Program starts at 9:30 A.M.
Lunch Sponsor: JBT FoodTech

Both programs will include presentations on:
The latest developments on a new domestic citrus canker rule
Issues in successfully completing third party certification programs: GAPs,
HACCP and fruit quality
New fungicides, application methods, and handling practices to minimize
postharvest decay of citrus
Effects of washing fruit before degreening
Electronic detection of canker and other peel defects of citrus

For questions and the latest details, contact Mark Ritenour at 772-468-3922, ext. 167
(mritenour(@)ifas.ufl.edu) or visit http://postharvest.ifas.ufl.edu.

Video Presentations of the 2009 Citrus Greening Symposium
The Citrus Extension Agents hosted the 2009 Citrus Greening Symposium on April 6, 2009 in
Bartow. The Symposium drew a big crowd from around the state. Chris Oswalt, Citrus
Extension Agent for Polk and Hillsborough Counties, put together a terrific program and
arranged for all of the presentations to be videotaped. In case you couldn't make the trip to
Bartow that day, click on the following hyperlink which will take you to the videotaped
http://citrusagents.ifas.ufl.edu/events/Citrus Greening Symposium 2009Nideos/CitrusGreenin

New Federal Minimum Wage
As of July 24, 2009 the new Federal Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour, replacing the Florida
Minimum wage which increased to $7.21 per hour on January 1, 2009. Every employer of
employees subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage provisions must post, and
keep posted, a notice explaining the Act in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments so
as to permit employees to readily read it. The content of the notice is prescribed by the Wage
and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. An approved copy of the minimum wage poster is
made available for informational purposes or for employers to use as posters. You can print
your own color or B&W pdf copy of the poster from the following website:
http://www.dol. ov/esa/whd/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm

You can also download the Florida poster (English and Spanish) at the following State of Florida
Agency for Workforce Innovation webpage:

UF Agribusiness Management at IRREC
University of Florida Agribusiness Management degrees provide graduates with a very strong
credential in a promising career, as agriculture remains the state's second ranking industry.
Recent graduates who earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness Management at the
Fort Pierce location, the UF/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center, now hold
prominent positions with organizations such as the UF/IFAS St. Lucie Cooperative Extension,
Indian River State College, Syngenta Crop Protection, and privately owned citrus management
and production firms. Starting salaries range from $35,000 to $40,000. For those who earned
degrees so that they may be promoted, an average pay raise is about $5,000 annually.

Such a degree would provide an exemplary background for those seeking management
positions with the large grocery retailers, one of the most secure employment prospects. Those
who wish to start a business of their own would hold the knowledge and resources to be
successful in a region that supplies the rest of the nation with yearlong food and plant products.

Courses in business management, human resources, and finance are part of a rigorous
curriculum offered by the state's most prestigious educational institution-the University of
Florida. As competition to enter the University of Florida Gainesville campus becomes
increasingly competitive, the UF campus in Fort Pierce has enrollment spaces available now for
fall semester 2009.

Jane Bachelor, who holds an MBA, and is a lecturer and marketing coordinator at the UF center,
is offering two courses in the fall which support the Agribusiness Management degree program
and the professional development certificate program. She is a business and human resources
expert with significant experience. The course, Principles of Agribusiness Management,
provides participants with general business management and leadership skills. Advanced
Agribusiness Management further develops those skills as course participants create
business plans for their own actual or anticipated future businesses.

Scholarships from the Bud Adams Family, the Bryan Schirard Memorial, the Treasure Coast
Gator Club, the Garden Club of Indian River County and the University of Florida College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences are available to eligible applicants.

For information about UF/IFAS degree and course offerings at the UF Indian River Research
and Education Center, please contact Student Support Services Coordinator Jackie White (772)
468-3922, Ext. 148, or by e-mail: ikwhite(@ufl.edu

Platinum Insecticide Labeled for Citrus
Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. has announced the addition of non-bearing and bearing citrus
varieties to the Platinum 75SG label. The product is a soil-applied, broad spectrum insecticide
that can be used in the management of Asian Citrus Psyllid, Citrus Leaf Miner and a number of
other citrus insect pests. The active ingredient, thiamethoxam, is a second generation
neonicotinoid that has been placed in mode of action group 4A. Alternating with products
containing imidacloprid will help avoid potential resistance issues. The label recommends
drench or broadcast applications to bare ground for maximum efficacy and to avoid possible
mortality to bees that feed on treated weed flowers. Contact your agrichemical supplier or
Syngenta representative for more information.

New Pesticide Training Webpage
We've just added a new page to the St. Lucie Extension Website with lots of good information
relative to Pesticide Application Safety and Certified Pesticide Applicator training and licensing.
The St. Lucie County Extension agents are committed to providing timely and comprehensive
training for our Certified Pesticide Applicator clients. Take a minute to click on the following
hyperlink and see all the sites we've gathered under one handy page:
http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu/PesticideTrainin html

General Standards (Core) Pesticide Applicator Training
Preparation for the General Standards Exam required for all of the Certified Pesticide Applicator
Categories. 2 General Standard CEU's will be offered for individuals who are current license
holders (This includes Private Applicator and Ag Tree Crop). Ken Gioeli, Natural Resources
Agent will be offering this course on Wednesday, September 2, and again on Wednesday,
October 7, 2009. Pre-registration is required to help Ken prepare his handout materials and
the cost is $20. Call (772) 462-1660 for details and to pre-register.

Dates to Remember
Citrus Expo, Ft. Myers, August 19-20
Exploring the Potential of Biofuel Feedstocks, USDA/ARS Horticultural
Research Lab, Ft. Pierce, August 27
Packinghouse Day, CREC, Lake Alfred, August 27
Indian River Postharvest Workshop, IRREC, Ft.Pierce, August 28
Citrus Mechanical Harvesting Workshop, IRREC, Ft. Pierce, September 24
Certified Pesticide Applicator General Standards Training, September 2 and
October 7, 2009

Just for Fun
Uncle Buford hired himself out on the weekends as a guide for wild hog hunters. Taking a
group out one Saturday, they found themselves completely lost.
"I thought you were the best guide in Arkansas," yelled one of the hunters. "How come is it
we're lost?"
"That's true," replied Uncle Buford, "but I think we're in Tennessee now."
A blind redneck and his Seeing Eye dog walked into the local "handy dandy beer store". He
grabbed the dog by the tail, picked him up over his head, and started swinging him around in a
circle. (This store had wider-than- normal aisles) The puzzled clerk looked at him and asked,
"Can I get you anything?"
"No thanks," replied the blind man. "I'm just looking around."

Hope you're having a great summer,

for yOur LIFE
Tim Gaver, Extension Agent II Citrus forLIFE

UF/IFAS St. Lucie Cooperative Extension
(Click on the CITRUS tab at the upper left for my citrus section)

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