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New Compliance Agreements Required Effective January 1, 2018

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 by tamara

From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

All commercial growers, caretakers, harvesters and processors will be required to sign a new CHRP compliance agreement effective January 1, 2018. The general requirements of the agreements have not changed in that growers are still asked to implement self-survey, psyllid control and decontamination programs and should adopt the latest recommendations for pest and disease control available from UF-IFAS.

All personnel and equipment should be properly decontaminated and equipment should be free of any debris and plant material before entering another grove property. Trip tickets for fruit moving from non-quarantine areas must be clearly written and serially numbered and include the grove name, block identification, landowner or agent’s name, lessee, harvester, number of boxes, fruit variety, vehicle tag number, destination and date of harvest along with the compliance agreement number for the owner of each block harvested.

There is additional language in the agreements with regard to moving fruit from Citrus Black Spot (CBS) regulated areas and is explained in detail in Part II of the grower/caretaker and harvester/handler compliance agreements including decontamination and tarping.

Shipment of Fruit to the European Union: Earlier this year, several changes to the federal guidelines were adopted that will affect fresh fruit movement for areas regulated for citrus canker and CBS effective January 1, 2018. Those growers who would like to ship fresh fruit this season will need to sign the new compliance agreement prior to January 1, 2018. In additional to the requirements below, there is a quality assurance component showing that growers are following the recommended cultural practices for in the UF-IFAS Florida Citrus Production Guide:

- For shipment of fruit to the European Union from outside of counties that are quarantined for CBS but under the statewide citrus canker quarantine, growers are required to implement cultural practices to minimize the effects and spread of citrus canker as recommended in the UF-IFAS Florida Citrus Production Guide. CHRP regulatory inspectors will conduct quality assurance checks to show implementation of cultural practices. Growers will be required to make a “CC” notation on trip tickets to indicate that the grower is in compliance with the practices and also include their grower compliance number on the trip ticket. Proof of area freedom from CBS is required and will be validated by CBS survey and Multi-Pest survey performed by FDACS inspectors.

- For shipment of fruit to the European Union from within the CBS countywide quarantines and under the statewide citrus canker quarantine (counties quarantined for CBS are Collier, Hendry, Lee and Polk), preharvest surveys will be required; harvest permits will be issued for proof of freedom from disease along with grower assurance of the implementation of cultural practices per the UF-IFAS Florida Citrus Production Guide instructions in pest and disease management. Growers will mark trip tickets with “TARP-Q” to show the fruit is coming out of a CBS quarantine, make the “CC” notation to indicate the growers’ efforts to mitigate the incidence of citrus canker in their groves and include their grower compliance number on the trip ticket.

The new compliance agreements are available from the five CHRP offices as follows and they can assist you in getting the new agreement signed:

Avon Park 863-314-5900
Immokalee 239-675-4001
Tavares 352-609-6190
Vero Beach 772-778-5069
Winter Haven 863-298-3000

Email: DPI-CHRP@freshfromflorida.com

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