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Events to showcase, educate California citrus industry

Whole-orchard recycling demonstration, Citrus Showcase, ag water webinar scheduled.

Farm Press Staff

February 22, 2022

3 Min Read
Tim Hearden

California's citrus industry will host a series of events in early March to promote sustainability and update growers on the industry's economic prospects.

Whole-orchard recycling demo

The Valley Farm Bureau SHARE and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Board is hosting a whole-orchard recycling and mastication demonstration in Exeter on March 1 at 10 a.m. to 12 Noon. 

The demonstration, provided by Arrowhead Agriculture, will be located at an orchard off Marinette Avenue, between Belmont Road and Filbert Road.  In addition to the demonstration, Air District staff will be on site to provide information about available incentive funding.

To register, click here or call (559) 732-8301. There is no cost to attend.

Citrus Showcase

The industry's traditional showcase at the Visalia, Calif., Convention Center will begin March 2 with a "Spray Safe" event and continue March 3 with breakfast and luncheon speakers and a trade show.

From 8 a.m. to noon on March 2, leaders from county agricultural commissioners' offices will present information on spraying safety. Continuing Education hours will be available, but space is limited. You can find more information on the class offerings and credit classifications on the schedule here.

The showcase will kick into high gear on March 3 with opening remarks by Chairman Matt Fisher, which will be followed by Roland Fumasi, EVP, and North American Regional Head for RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness. Fumasi will review key drivers affecting agriculture and give an economic forecast for the prospects of citrus production in California.

The Chairman’s Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are $50 per person with priority for members of CCM.

California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, who is the state's representative for international affairs and trade, will be this year's keynote speaker. Kounalakis has a strong business background as the former President of AKT Development and has a strong interest in agriculture, succeeding in California.

The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Charter Oak Ballroom. Luncheon Tickets are on sale starting today at an early bird price of $75 and will go up to $100 after February 15th, priority will go to CCM members.

If you are purchasing eight tickets to make a reserved table for either the breakfast or lunch, ensure all your guests are registered for the event and email your table list to [email protected].

Ag water webinar

The California Citrus Quality Council will host a webinar on Thursday, March 10 from 1 to 2:30 pm on FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Proposed Rule on Agricultural Water. 

FDA’s proposal is a significant change in approach to agricultural water regulation for producers and places significant responsibility on growers to document, inspect and identify hazards and implement mitigation measures, if needed.  The proposed rule includes a public comment period that extends through April 5, 2022.

Speakers will include Joy Waite-Cusic, Associate Professor Food Safety Systems from Oregon State University. Waite-Cusic will compare and contrast the current rule with the proposed rule and provide a summary of the proposed agricultural water assessment and proposed mitigation measures. She will also discuss how ag water testing fits into the proposed rule. 

Channah Rock, Professor and Water Quality Specialist from the University of Arizona and Dr. Linda Harris, Professor of Cooperative Extension in Microbial Food Safety from the University of California at Davis will provide instructions for commenting on the proposed rule and will share their thoughts on the implications of the proposed rule.  At the end of the session time will be allotted to address any questions and concerns from stakeholders.

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance of the webinar.  Questions should be sent to [email protected] by March 8 and will be addressed by the presenters at the end of the webinar.

For instructions on joining the Zoom webinar or calling in, click here.

Source: California Citrus Mutual, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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