County Citrus Quarantined

By Logan Hall

The citrus industry in Ventura County was dealt a major blow Dec. 30 as the California Department of Food and Agriculture's recommendation was approved to put a countywide quarantine on growers for a small insect called the Asian citrus psyllid. The pest is known to be a carrier of the huanglongbing (HLB) disease, which kills citrus trees and has wreaked havoc on farms in southern Florida.

The psyllid's first appearance in the county was in a citrus grove near La Conchita, where it was found by the CDFA last month and,

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