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Public meeting on Asian Citrus Psyllid

(Open House meeting to discuss Asian Citrus Psyllid)…It will be held Thursday in Calexico.

The meeting is being hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the County Agricultural Commissioners Office. The meeting is to discuss the treatment plans against the Asian Citrus Psyllid found in neighborhoods. The pest is a tiny, flying insect that transmits a bacterial disease to citrus trees. Trees infected produce bitter and misshapen fruit. It is fatal to citrus trees. It is a threat to California’s backyard and commercially grown citrus. Ag officials say emergency treatment and quarantine action is needed to protect the state from the negative economic and environmental impacts the establishment of this pest would cause. The meeting Thursday will be held in the Gymnasium at Vincent Memorial High School beginning at 5:30 pm.