Psyllid slaying will mean citrus spraying

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

Pixie Month in Ojai this year takes on a new dimension — the talk of the fruit’s future and the debate over the role pesticides will play.

The first of two open-house meetings with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) took place in Casitas Springs Tuesday evening as the Ojai Valley prepares for its first round of area-wide pesticide treatment in the fight against the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP).

Farmers are working to suppress the ACP population to slow the spread of the incurable citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB).

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