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Albritton Announces Candidacy for Florida Senate District 26

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Today, State Representative Ben Albritton announced that he has filed to become a candidate for the Florida Senate in District 26. First elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010, Albritton represents District 56, which includes all of DeSoto and Hardee Counties as well as the southern portions of Polk County.

“It has truly been an honor to serve Florida’s Heartland for the past seven years,” said Albritton. “If given the opportunity, I want to continue the fight for the conservative reforms that protect and grow jobs here at home, that make our communities safer, and that value the lives of all Floridians.”

Known for his strong conservative record, Albritton has been a staunch advocate in the Florida House for entrepreneurs, Second Amendment rights, and the unborn. He is especially proud of his work on behalf of children in Florida’s foster care system. In Tallahassee, he is the Chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the House Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee. He also sits on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture and Property Rights Subcommittee, and the Government Accountability Committee and currently serves as the Chair of the Polk County Legislative Delegation.

Albritton is a citrus grower and businessman, working in a family-run business where he feels privileged to work and spend time with members of his family. He is a devoted husband to his wife, Missy, and together they are proud parents of three children: Rebecca, Joshua, and Ryan. They are members of First Christian Church of Wauchula, where Albritton serves as an elder.

District 26 is currently held by Senator Denise Grimsley, who recently filed as a candidate for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. Centered in Florida’s Heartland, the district covers parts of Charlotte, Lee, and Polk Counties as well as all of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties.

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Sparks Heads 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Monday, December 12th, 2016

FLORIDA CITRUS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES CHOSEN FOR 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. (December 9, 2016) – The Selection Committee for The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame has announced three distinguished leaders will be inducted into the Hall during the 55th Citrus Celebration Luncheon on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

James H. “Jim” Ellis, of Bartow, Fla., T. Ralph Robinson (deceased), and Michael W. Sparks, of Apollo Beach, Fla., will be honored at the luncheon, scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Hollis Wellness Center.

Jim Ellis has led a distinguished career for decades in the Florida citrus industry as a grower, packer, industry representative and historian. He is currently in charge of the Citrus License & Bonds in the Division of Fruits & Vegetables for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. A graduate of Florida Southern College, he was president of the Citrus Club and received the Florida Citrus Mutual Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of citrus studies. As general manager of Lake Garfield Packing, he introduced the first electronic sorter to the state of Florida, experimented with cutting and scoring grapefruit, applying a sweetener and shrink wrapping them to market as a breakfast item, along with different forms of automated fruit harvesting equipment. He served on numerous boards, including stints as president for the Polk County Farm Bureau, Florida Citrus Showcase and the Interior Seald-Sweet Shippers, Inc. His passion for the citrus industry and its history has led him to collect numerous artifacts, and he has one of the largest collections of Florida citrus crate labels in the world, which is the nucleus for the Florida Citrus Label Digital Collection at Florida Southern College. His collection has been used in three books on citrus labels, and in the newly developed Polk County Citrus Label Driving Tour, which is part of the county’s History & Heritage program. Dr. Calvin Arnold noted “Jim really gives to the industry from his heart, with no expectation of personal gain – his passion IS the citrus industry.”

T. Ralph Robinson (1876-1967) was a native of Syracuse, NY, but moved to Terra Ceia, Fla. in 1910. A graduate of Syracuse University, he went to work for the USDA in 1901 working in plant physiology investigations. He spent over 30 years working on the development of new citrus varieties, managing test plantings in 25 different sections of the state. He was primarily responsible for the commercial production of Orlando and Minneola tangelos, and the Robinson tangerine was named for him because of his expert work in citrus breeding. He was part of a team of scientists that included Hall of Fame member Walter Swingle who were among the earliest to experiment with cross-pollination in citrus to develop new varieties. He was a past president of the Florida State Horticultural Society and his biography is listed in “American Men of Science” and in “Who’s Who,” along with approximately 80 titles of papers he wrote on horticultural subjects.

Mike Sparks has dedicated his entire professional career to the Florida citrus industry, starting with the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) where he worked for 29 years in various capacities: as CFO, Director of Administration, Deputy Executive Director and Interim Executive Director. As such, he worked under six different Executive Directors and 87 Citrus Commissioners during very tumultuous times, which resulted in restructuring within the FDOC. For the last ten years, he has been the Executive Vice President and CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) in Lakeland, Fla., which is the largest citrus grower trade association in the world. Under his leadership, FCM has been able to secure unprecedented funding both on behalf of the Florida citrus industry and for national USDA programs such as CHRP, MAC and APHIS, as well as citrus and marketing programs. His efforts also led to significant long-term appropriations for pest and disease research, including $125 million in mandatory Farm Bill funding directed primarily at citrus greening research, and trade victories on tariff protection, including anti-dumping actions, which resulted in almost $16 million to FCM members. Dan Gunter, former Executive Director of the FDOC, noted: “Mike is energetic, intelligent and he has integrity. He’s always served the industry and his work has had a positive impact on a number of challenging issues.”

The induction luncheon ceremonies will take place on Friday, March 10, 2017 in the Hollis Wellness Center at Florida Southern College, Lakeland. Invitations will go out in January, and ticket information will be available on the web site, www.FloridaCitrusHallofFame.com, later this month. For more information, contact Brenda Eubanks Burnette at (561) 351-4314 or BBurne1003@aol.com.

The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame honors distinguished leaders who have made significant contributions to the Florida citrus industry. The Citrus Hall of Fame display and Archive Center is located within the McKay Archive Building at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. For more information on members of the Citrus Hall of Fame, visit the web site at www.FloridaCitrusHallofFame.com which includes access to biographies and photos on all members, noting their accomplishments and including various industry links.

Tickets to the luncheon, which is co-sponsored by Florida Citrus Mutual and The Florida Department of Citrus, are $100 for Patron Seating or $1,500 for a Sponsor Table, which includes preferred seating for 8, table signage and a listing in the program. The event will be followed by the Florida Citrus Processors’ Association’s OJ “Meet & Greet” with the inductees as they unveil their names on the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Tree, located in the McKay Archives Center. An educational citrus exhibit will be featured during the month of March and tours of the Citrus Archives will be provided by the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame Fellowship students on the day of the event. Shuttles will provide transportation between the Hollis Wellness Center and the McKay Archives Center, where the main parking lot is located. A portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will go to fund an Educational Outreach program to promote the history of the Florida citrus industry.

To purchase tickets, please call Florida Citrus Mutual at (863) 682-1111 or visit the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame website at www.FloridaCitrusHallofFame.com. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Brenda Eubanks Burnette at (561) 351-4314 or via email at BBurne1003@aol.com.

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Florida orange growers merit help on citrus greening

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Special column by Rep. Vern Buchanan to the Bradenton Herald – November 23, 2016

Florida orange farmers: Help is on the way!

Florida’s orange farmers are in the fight of their life, and more than 60,000 jobs are at risk.

The culprit? Citrus greening, an incurable bacterial disease that is rapidly spreading across the state’s groves. Experts project a 26 percent decline in Florida’s signature orange crop for this upcoming season — the worst in over 50 years.

The disease, also known as “yellow dragon disease,” arrived in Florida in 2005 and has since infected 99 percent of commercial citrus groves in the state.

From sunrise to sundown, every season, these farmers have seen the destruction that citrus greening has caused since it surfaced in South Florida nearly a decade ago.

They’ve seen the dead roots, the small, discolored fruit, and the drop in production. They’ve watched as family farms, handed down from generation to generation, have spiraled into jeopardy, and later into foreclosure. In fact, right in our district, we have some longtime citrus farms that have even started to plant other crops, like bamboo, to make sure their business stays viable.

In fact, the incurable bacterial disease has caused more than $4 billion in economic damage while eliminating 8,000 jobs, according to a study done four years ago by the University of Florida. And Florida Citrus Mutual, our state’s leading citrus association, estimates that those numbers have doubled in the past four years.

The tens of thousands of employees in the citrus industry are understandably worried.

Recently, a fourth-generation Florida farmer told me that “I know a lot of people whose children are going to law school, business school or medical school to get away from citrus. I do not want my son to become a lawyer; I want him to become a citrus grower, and I’m worried he won’t get that chance.”

I’m doing my best to make sure all Floridians, including his son, can make a good living on the family farm for years to come.

In September, the U.S. House passed my bill to aid Florida orange growers in their battle against the citrus greening. The Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act was supported by every single member of Congress from Florida, Republican and Democrat alike, which underscores the fact that bipartisan cooperation can still happen in Washington.

There is one roadblock left before this bill can get signed into law: the U.S. Senate. I am hopeful that the Senate will be able to pass this legislation soon so it can get signed into law.

My bill would make it less costly for struggling farmers to replace trees afflicted with citrus greening by lowering the tax burden associated with planting their crop.

Our tax code provides a benefit to farmers that replant diseased trees, but only if they bear the full amount of cost. My bill would let struggling farmers use this deduction even if they bring in investors to raise capital for replanting costs.

Once it’s signed into law, the bill will go a long way toward protecting the livelihoods of the hard-working Floridians in our signature citrus industry.

Citrus farmers are being hit hard and my bill will help them recover. The story of American agriculture is one of resilience and hard work against tremendous odds. Let’s work together to get this bipartisan legislation over the finish line so we can continue that story.

Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, represents Florida’s 16th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Manatee County. In the November election, he won re-election and will soon serve his sixth term in the House. He is Florida’s only member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article116674573.html#storylink=cpy

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Florida Citrus Mutual sells Lakeland Property

Friday, November 11th, 2016

LAKELAND, FL (November 10, 2016) -Florida Citrus Mutual announced today the trade organization has sold its downtown Lakeland headquarters to Publix Super Markets Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

FCM has been at the site – located at the southeast corner of Orange Street and Massachusetts Avenue – for 68 years.

“Florida Citrus Mutual had a long run here and there have been a lot of important decisions made in this building that have shaped the direction of the Florida citrus industry, so this decision was not made lightly,” said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of FCM. “Our Board of Directors believes now is the right time to sell. We couldn’t have a better buyer. Publix is the pinnacle of professionalism and we appreciate their diligence in making this happen.”

The deal encompasses the 21,000 square foot, two-story building and the city block bordered by Massachusetts and Orange as well as Lime Street and Iowa Avenue. The parcel overlooks Lake Morton and has garnered much interest over the years. He said Mutual’s staff and executive committee is now looking for a new headquarters somewhere in Polk County.

FCM once employed more than 75 people in the building known for its art deco design and unfinished wood paneling interior. But that number has dwindled with the shrinking citrus crop and now Mutual and a handful of tenants occupy it. The current tenants will vacate the building prior to August 31, 2017.

The high profile façade and neon Mutual sign at 411 E. Orange Street was a well-known landmark to Lakeland residents and the citrus industry before it was covered up two decades ago in favor of a more traditional look.

The Florida citrus industry creates a $10.8 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 62,000 people, and covering about 500,000 acres. Founded in 1948, Florida Citrus Mutual is the state’s largest citrus grower organization. For more information, visit www.flcitrusmutual.com. Follow FCM on Twitter @FLCITRUSMUTUAL.

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U.S. House Gives Citrus Tax Incentive Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

LAKELAND, FL (September 21, 2016) – The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure Wednesday that provides growers with an incentive to plant more trees and bolster the ailing Florida citrus industry.

By a 400-20 vote, Republicans and Democrats approved the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act which allows growers to immediately expense the cost of planting new citrus instead of the standard 14-year depreciation period under the current IRS rules.

The tweak to the IRS code is designed to increase slumping production. It would be available for 10 years. To view H.R. 3957 go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3957. The House Ways and Means Committee passed it last week.

“Through this legislation small, medium and large growers will have the opportunity to seek capital from lenders and outside investors to reinvest in Florida citrus,” said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. “We believe the tax incentive will help yield a positive return on an investment in citrus. We need to attract capital to rebound from HLB and this measure is an important tool to get us there.”

FCM estimates the Florida citrus industry needs to put more than 20 million trees in the ground over the next 10 years to support existing infrastructure and get production back to where it was before HLB.

Sparks thanked U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan (R-FL), the bill’s primary sponsor, as well as U.S. Reps. Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Dennis Ross (R-FL) and the entire Florida delegation.

“What a job by our friends in the House,” he said. “We look forward to working with Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) to move the bill in the Senate.”

Florida growers are now battling HLB, a bacterial disease vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. It attacks the vascular system of a tree and can kill it within two years. Citrus greening is endemic to Florida and has reduced production more than 50 percent over the past decade.

The Florida citrus industry creates a $10.7 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 62,000 people, and covering about 500,000 acres. Founded in 1948, Florida Citrus Mutual is the state’s largest citrus grower organization. For more information, visit www.flcitrusmutual.com. Follow FCM on Twitter @FLCITRUSMUTUAL.

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FCM Applauds House Ways and Means Committee for Passing Citrus Bill

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

LAKELAND, FL (September 14, 2016) – Florida Citrus Mutual on Wednesday applauded the House Ways and Means Committee for passing a measure that would provide growers with an incentive to plant more trees and bolster the ailing Florida citrus industry.

Committee member U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) is the primary sponsor of the bill called The Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act which allows growers to immediately expense the cost of planting new citrus instead of the standard 14-year depreciation period under the current IRS rules. The tweak to the IRS code is designed to increase slumping production. It would be available for 10 years. To view H.R. 3957 go to https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3957

“The strong committee vote is a clear message: we must do all we can to protect American jobs,” Buchanan said. “We are one step closer to protecting the livelihoods of the 62,000 hardworking Floridians who form the backbone of the Sunshine State’s iconic citrus industry.”

Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual added; “The approval by the Ways and Means Committee is a huge first step in getting the bill passed by both the House and the Senate. We offer a sincere thank you to Congressman Buchanan and Chairman Brady as well as the other sponsors for their support of this important bill. It is truly a bipartisan effort and reflects the fact that our elected officials understand citrus’ vital economic role.”

“By some estimates our industry needs to put more than 20 million trees in the ground over the next 10 years to support existing infrastructure and get our production back to where it was before HLB. This legislation will help spur the desperately needed plantings. It’s a game changer.”

The entire Florida delegation is co-sponsoring the bill.

In the Senate, original sponsor U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) was joined by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) earlier this year as a champion of the bill. The Senate is expected to consider the legislation later this year.

Florida growers are now battling citrus greening, or HLB, a bacterial disease vectored by the Asian citrus psyllid. It attacks the vascular system of a tree and can kill it within two years. Citrus greening is endemic to Florida and has reduced production more than 50 percent over the past decade.

The Florida citrus industry creates a $10.7 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 62,000 people, and covering about 500,000 acres. Founded in 1948, Florida Citrus Mutual is the state’s largest citrus grower organization. For more information, visit www.flcitrusmutual.com. Follow FCM on Twitter @FLCITRUSMUTUAL.

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FDACS Citrus Grove Renovation/Re-establishment Cost Share Program

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Industry Members and Friends:

As you know, a big part of Mutual’s mission over the past three years was to try and uncover, create and support grower incentive programs to get more trees in the ground and rebuild our industry. Through the hard work of Commissioner Adam Putnam and his staff I am pleased to announce FDACS’ Citrus Grove Renovation/Re-establishment Support Program. The $5.5 million program is designed to help growers re-establish citrus groves by providing 75 percent cost-share on eligible improvements in irrigation and nutrient management and 100 percent on engineering and design costs.

Growers are eligible for up to $250,000 on improvements to irrigation and nutrient management for replanting or re-establishing groves. The program is available now and FDACS is accepting applications. Please see the document below for details and a contact number.

Once again, thank you to Commissioner Putnam for his staunch support of the Florida citrus industry.

Regards,

Mike

FDACS Citrus Grove Renovation/Re – establishment Support Program

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USDA ORANGE JUICE PURCHASE PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced plans to purchase Orange Juice for surplus removal. A solicitation will be issued in the near future. All offers must be submitted electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) website at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=WBSCM. Offers submitted by any
means other than WBSCM will be considered non-responsive.

Offerors are urged to review all documents as they pertain to this program, including the AMS Master Solicitation for Commodity Procurements dated April 2015; Amendment 1 to the Master Solicitation dated June 2015; Amendment 2 to the Master Solicitation dated May 2016; the applicable Commodity Specification(s) identified in the subsequent solicitation(s); and the Qualification Requirements for Prospective Vendors dated October 2014. These documents are available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food
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Offerors must read all terms of the applicable Solicitation(s) when it is issued. To receive electronic (email) notification of the issuance of these solicitations, see the “Stay up to date on USDA Food Purchases (link)” available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website.

Inquiries may be made by telephoning (202) 720-4517 or addressing the Contracting Officer, USDA/AMS Commodity Procurement Staff, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, STOP 0239, Washington, DC 20250-0256. An electronic version of this Purchase Announcement can be found at the Commodity Procurement Website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food.

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Growers’ Help Needed for CRDF PFD survey

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The CRDF has developed a survey to gather grower data to assess PFD treatments that took place this spring. Grove data will be accompanied by button and fruit count on 20 trees/block. Growers are needed to participate. The CRDF is looking for growers with some record of seasonal and/or off season bloom in their grove as well as rainfall data. If the block does not have a weather station, at least flowering monitoring data would be needed. All of the individual grove data would be kept confidential and the analyzed data will be available as a document and will be presented at meetings.

Brandon Page and his field crew (UF-IFAS and CRDF) would be in each block for around an hour to count buttons and fruit, and to make some measurements on the 20 trees. This would take place one time.

If you would like to help and participate in this project, please contact Dr. Stephanie Slinski at sslinski@citrusrdf.org or call 863.956.8678.

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International Citrus Congress – 2016

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The International Citrus Congress(ICC 2016) will be held in Brazil from September 18 to 23. The city of Foz do Iguaçu was chosen for its natural beauty and the Triple Border area of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. The ICC is themed “Sustainable Citrus: the role of applied knowledge”, and it is expected to receive 1,200 participants from over 15 countries. The event will bring together the most respected experts in the citrus area, in order to debate the present and future of citrus production in the world.

The Congress will be a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity for scientists, students and citrus producers to interact, through lectures, workshops, scientific sessions and poster sessions. There will be tours to all over the country that will also allow in loco experience, certainly providing a wider picture of citrus production in Brazil.

The International Citrus Congress is held for 43 in different countries, every 4 years. It is the second time it is held in Brazil, the first time was in 1984, in the city of São Paulo. The last congresses were held in the USA (2000), Morocco (20004), China (2008) and Spain (2012).

The ICC 2016 is an event promoted by the International Society of Citriculture (ISC), being organized in Brazil by the two of the most important research institutions in agriculture, science and technology: the Agronomic Institute (IAC), from its Citriculture Center Sylvio Moreira and by the Agronomic Institute of Paraná (IAPAR).

The host city

The city of Foz do Iguaçu is in the west border of Paraná State, and it is the second most visited tourist destination in Brazil, after Rio de Janeiro. The city is known for its cultural diversity, and has great hotels, an international airport and several tourist attractions, such as Iguazu Falls, recently elected as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, in Iguazu National Park, where tourists can visit The Bird Park, Itaipu Power Plant, among others. The ICC 2016 will be held in Mabu Thermas & Resort, a surprising resort with thermal waters, spa and haute cuisine, located 10 km away from the Falls.
Is is also close to historic places, like the Jesuit Missions, the ruins of the missions built by Jesuit priests in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay.

Speakers

Since the announcement of Foz do Iguaçu as the host city eight years ago, the local organizers have made efforts to bring the most important experts in the citrus area to this event. Eduardo Fermino, the co-chair for the congress and an IAPAR researcher, explains the selection process:

“While discussing the very details of the event, my team and I started to think about the areas that could be selected from all the diverse fields of world citrus production and research. If on the one hand obvious themes were mentioned, on the other hand immediate connections were made, between Gmitter and genetics, Quaggio and nutrition, for example. We believe we will have the world experts with us, for each theme presented”

The speakers in this event are the top representatives in research, politics and management and will discuss the latest results of research and innovation in different areas of citricuture.

­Alexandra Heinermann
, from SGF, Germany, will be lecturing about the Worlwide Market for Citrus Juices. She is the general Manager of the Quality Juice Foundation and the SGF Service Plus GmBh, a service company for the global fruit juice industry.

­Ali Fares from Prairie View A&M University, in the USA, will share his knowledge on Current Status and Upcoming Challenges for Citrus Water Management in an Every Changing Environment: A Global Overview. He is currently leading the research program of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS) at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), and a Professor of Water Security.

­Bryce W. Falk, from the University of California, in the USA, will be lecturing about RNAi-based Strategies Against Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens. He has been at UC Davis since 1985 and was advanced to Distinguished Professor in 2013. He teaches classes in Plant Pathology, Plant Virology and General Virology. His research deals with plant viruses, insect vectors of plant pathogens and biotechnological applications for plant disease control.

­Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz
, from FAPESP, Reasearch Foundation, in Brazil. He has been a professor at the Unicamp Physics Institute since 1982. Presently is a professor at the Quantum Electronics Department.

­Fred Gmitter, from University of Florida, in the USA, whose lecture will be themed: Citrus Genomics: The Path from the Past to the Superhighway of Future Genetic Improvement. He is a University of Florida (UF) Research Foundation Professor who works in citrus genetics, genomics and breeding at the UF Citrus Research and Education Center, in Lake Alfred, Florida, USA. He was among the first citrus scientists in the world to develop molecular marker-based linkage maps and to identify markers to be used in selection for disease resistance

­Jose Antonio Quaggio, from Agronomic Institute (IAC), in Brazil, will offer his view on Advances on Citrus Nutrition: 30-year of Research in Tropical Conditions. He is a PhD in Soils and Plant Nutrition, and has been at the Agronomic Institute (IAC) since 1978, working with chemistry and fertility of soils and mineral nutrition of plants. Among his achievements, is the development of the IAC Soil Analysis System, based on the ion extraction by resins, in 1983, which is used by more than 150 laboratories in Brazil and others from Latin American countries.
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­José R. P. Parra
, from ESALQ / USP, in Brazil, will share his knowledge on Sustainable Pest Control for Citrus Production in Brazil. He was elected Full Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science in 2000 and Full Member of the Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS) in 2002. His fields of expertise are Insect Biology, Nutrition and Biological Control with emphasis on parasitic Hymenoptera. He has over 300 publications and several books in Entomology, Biological Control and Biology.
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­Leandro Peña
from Fundecitrus in Brazil and IBMCP in Spain, will give his lecture on Transgenic strategies to control citrus Huanglongbing. He holds a PhD in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Currently he has been working at Fundecitrus (Araraquara, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and at Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Institute (IBMCP) of the CSIC and the Polytechnic University (UPV) in Valencia.

General Information

The Executive Organizing Committee is composed by members of the institutions carrying on the event:

Chair: Dirceu Mattos Jr. (IAC)
Co­chair: Eduardo Fermino Carlos (IAPAR) Treasurer: José Pereira da Silva (IAPAR)

International Citrus Congress ­ ICC 2016 September 18 a 23
Mabu Thermas & Resort Foz do Iguaçu ­ Brazil

website: www.icc2016.com

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