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Citrus Disease Subcommittee

The Citrus Disease Subcommittee (CDS) was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to advance the research and extension capabilities related to citrus diseases. HLB (short for Huanglongbing) is one type of citrus disease. The 2014 Farm Bill charged CDS with providing an annual consultation with USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to provide recommendations on the agenda, budget and priorities of NIFA’s Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (ECDRE). ECDRE is a competitive grant program that integrates research and extension activities to combat and prevent HLB at the farm-level for U.S. citrus growers.

The USDA-APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service) led HLB Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) group-- comprised of federal agencies, state departments of agriculture, and citrus industry organizations -- helps address the citrus industry’s immediate and long-term needs in dealing with this disease. The HLB MAC Group coordinates and prioritizes Federally-funded research with industry's efforts to bridge the gap between research and implementation, reduce unnecessary duplication, and more quickly provide practical tools for citrus growers to use. Visit HLB MAC’s web page for lists of research projects focused on finding tools and strategies to fight back against HLB.


Christopher Boisseranc
Southwest Ag Consulting Inc.
Redlands, CA
Term: first, ends 9/30/24
Gregory Galloway
Sierra Crest Agriculture Inc.
Porterville, CA
Term: first, ends 1/31/2023
Harold Browning
Premier Citrus
Vero Beach, FL
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
James Snively
Southern Gardens Groves Corp
Lake Placid, FL
Term: first, ends 1/31/2023
John C. Gless
Gless Ranch Inc.
Riverside, CA
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
Julia Inestroza
Tenalu Richardson Farm
Springville, CA
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
Justin Golding
Sun Pacific Farming
Bakersfield, CA
Term: first, ends 1/31/2023
Mani Skaria
US Citrus
Hargill, TX
Term: first, ends 9/30/23
Member vacancy
Florida-based citrus producer
Wayne Simmons
LaBelle Fruit Company Inc.
LaBelle, FL
Term: first, ends 9/30/24
William “Gee” Roe III (Chair)
W.G. Roe & Sons
Winter Haven, FL
Term: first, ends 1/31/2023




May 18, 2022 Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension Project Directors
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October 30, and November 2 and 13, 2020 Citrus Disease Subcommittee
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