California Department of Food and Agriculture spokesman Steve Lyle said Tuesday that the state is working to determine the quarantine's boundaries in Tulare County. The quarantine will go into effect next week.
A vital part of Kern County's economy faces a serious new threat. A disease that kills citrus trees has just been confirmed in the Los Angeles area, and local growers and experts say they are on the alert.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — The iconic backyard orange tree, symbolic of the California lifestyle, is front and center in the battle now underway to save the state's nearly $2 billion citrus industry.
A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite the industry's best efforts to keep it at bay.
State agriculture officials have ordered further tests on bugs found earlier this month that could be devastating to the state's citrus industry. State agriculture officials this week identified the bugs as Asian citrus psyllids.
State officials said Tuesday they're stepping up efforts to banish invasive species, including Quagga mussels that clog cooling pipe systems on the Colorado River and Asian citrus psyllids that threaten Southern California orange trees.