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Ray Starling, special assistant to President Trump, keynotes Citrus Showcase tomorrow

Ray Starling, special assistant to President Trump, keynotes Citrus Showcase tomorrow

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VISALIA – The largest citrus conference and trade show in California will return to Visalia next week. Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual (CCM) will hold its 25th Annual Citrus Showcase on Thursday, March 8 at the Visalia Convention Center. The show features multiple educational workshops, a trade show of over 100 exhibitors, and a popular luncheon program.

This year’s luncheon program will feature Ray Starling, Special Assistant to President Donald Trump, who will give the industry a better understanding of the federal impacts growers can expect to see in the near future. These topics will include trade, a guest worker program, the federal budget, and crop insurance.

Lunch is sponsored by Compac Sorting Equipment and Packline Technologies and will begin at noon. Tickets can be purchased for $40 per person by contacting California Citrus Mutual at 559-592-3790. Reserved tables of 8 and 10 are available. Be sure to buy your lunch tickets before they sell out!

CCM is offering three workshops sponsored by Durand-Wayland, Inc. The first workshop begins at 8 a.m. Titled “All Things Water,” this workshop will cover changes the growers will be facing in regards to ILRP, what’s next with Irrigated Lands Regulator Program (ILRP), subsidence issues, and the water bond.

The second workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will cover “Food Safety: What’s next from the State and Federal Perspective.” Food Safety rules, regulations, and demands have become a major burden for the industry. The customer base and regulatory bodies have created conflicting needs but at least the state and federal government now appear to be on the same page. The workshop will discuss how this may reduce the pressures for marketers, shippers, and growers.

The third and final workshop is brought to you by the Citrus Research Board and will begin at 2:30 p.m. This workshop will give you information on “The Latest Available Strategies for Managing ACP in Your Orchards.” Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell will provide an overview of the psyllid management tactics that are currently being conducted around the state and the level of control being achieved. She will then discuss new tactics that could be added to the grower repertoire to improve the program.

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and pastries available for all attendees sponsored by Valley Packline Solutions. There is no cost to attend the Showcase.

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