Nineteen directors and committee members of Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual spent two days the week of March 19 meeting with legislators, members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s staff and state department and agency staff.
Nineteen directors and committee members of Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual spent two days the week of March 19 meeting with legislators, members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s staff and state department and agency staff.

In their annual pilgrimage to Sacramento, members of California Citrus Mutual urged legislators and the governor’s office to find new funding sources to fight huanglongbing and other citrus diseases and pests.

Nineteen directors and committee members of the Exeter-based association spent two days the week of March 19 meeting with legislators, members of Gov. Jerry Brown’s staff and state department and agency staff, according to Citrus Mutual news release.

The highlight of the annual “director’s trip” to Sacramento was a lobbying effort for more funding to fight HLB and other diseases and pests facing the state’s citrus industry.

With the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Plant Health and Pest Prevention program funding falling from $60 million in 2011-12 to $39 million in 2012-13, citrus industry members urged government officials to find an alternative source of funding to fight pests and diseases.

HLB, or citrus greening, has caused devastating damage to citrus groves in Florida and was recently confirmed in Texas groves. Industry experts believe the disease will eventually reach California.