Peter McClure Discusses Brazilian OJ Dumping

In the coming months, Florida Grower’s Citrus Achievement Award winner Peter McClure will address important issues of the day. This month, he addresses the recent petition by Florida Citrus Mutual that a Brazilian OJ processor is dumping juice on the U.S. market.

Peter McClure: “Our natural, visceral instinct is to not partner up with a competitor on anything. We like to fight our competitors, be it the juice market with Brazil, or the fresh market with California. In the market place, that can be a healthy thing.

“The psyllid and the liberibacter that causes HLB knows no borders. They kill your citrus trees wherever they find them. HLB is ruthless biology. Since HLB has the ability to conquer us all indiscriminately, it behooves us to work together to defeat it. Disease research is a separate arena from the marketplace.

“We have to protect our marketplace from illegal trade activity. The HLB battle is extremely expensive and without a market price that not only supports that fight, but also supports everything else we have to do to grow, harvest, pack, process, and market citrus for a profit, we are also out of business. The division of grower dollars to support our marketplace and to also support a sustainable research and development program needs to be debated and decided within our industry. We have to have a rational division of grower-generated dollars for uses between marketing and research and development.

“The HLB pandemic is a direct result of a lack of investment in disease research (coupled with our research institutions losing focus on their fundamental original purpose) and it is now costing us hundreds of millions of dollars, and threatens the very existence of our industry.

“Along with pests and diseases, economics, illegal trade practices, and new governmental regulatory mandates from local, state, and federal agencies also threatening the existence of our industry. There are lots of monsters to fight.”

Leave a Reply

Featured Stories
Business PlanningTake Climate Change — Please [Opinion]
June 30, 2015
It’s a difficult issue because people tend to think of it in terms of something tangible — like the weather. Read More
NutsWalnut Nitrogen Budgeting Critical
June 30, 2015
Applying the right amount of N is not easy because walnuts take a lot, but these days you don’t want to apply too much. Read More
FruitsHighlights From The Ohio Produce Growers And Marketers Summer Tour [Slideshow]
June 30, 2015
American Vegetable Grower magazine made its way to the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association (OPGMA) Summer Tour & Field Read More
Insect ControlAlabama Insect Scouting Report Indicates Armyworm Numbers Have Increased
June 30, 2015
Report discusses caterpillars, sucking pests, and cowpea curculio activity and management. Read More
Nutrient ManagementResearchers Say Cover Crops May Help Save Soil In Flooded Fields
June 30, 2015
According to experts, planting cover crops may help preserve healthy soil in fields in fields left empty this year thanks to flooding. Read More
TomatoesGSPP Accreditation Enables Sakata Seed America To Offer GSPP-Certified Tomato Varieties
June 30, 2015
The seed company is now authorized to store, treat, process, package, and distribute GSPP-certified tomato seed for the NAFTA market. Read More
MarketingThe Power Of Local Food [Opinion]
June 30, 2015
Summer is now in full swing and we have entered what I like to call “the season of farmers markets.” Read More
PotatoesInnovative Technology Is Necessary For Potato Growers To Be Sustainable [Opinion]
June 30, 2015
Historically, there has often been opposition or fear of new agricultural technologies and today is no different, but it is critical that growers have access to technologies that meet consumer demand while using less land and conserving soil, water, and energy. Read More
BerriesRainy Weather Causing High Risk For Phytopthora In Berries
June 29, 2015
With the rainy weather the Midwest has recently received, the conditions for Phytophthora diseases increases. An increased risk for oomycetes, Read More
Apples & PearsWildfires Damage Washington Fruit Businesses
June 29, 2015
More than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate as a fast-moving wildfire swept into Wenatchee, WA, on Sunday night Read More
The Latest
Business PlanningTake Climate Change — Please [Opinion]
June 30, 2015
It’s a difficult issue because people tend to think of it in terms of something tangible — like the weather. Read More
NutsWalnut Nitrogen Budgeting Critical
June 30, 2015
Applying the right amount of N is not easy because walnuts take a lot, but these days you don’t want to apply too much. Read More
FruitsHighlights From The Ohio Produce Growers And Marketers …
June 30, 2015
American Vegetable Grower magazine made its way to the Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association (OPGMA) Summer Tour & Field Read More
Insect ControlAlabama Insect Scouting Report Indicates Armyworm Numbe…
June 30, 2015
Report discusses caterpillars, sucking pests, and cowpea curculio activity and management. Read More
Nutrient ManagementResearchers Say Cover Crops May Help Save Soil In Flood…
June 30, 2015
According to experts, planting cover crops may help preserve healthy soil in fields in fields left empty this year thanks to flooding. Read More
TomatoesGSPP Accreditation Enables Sakata Seed America To Offer…
June 30, 2015
The seed company is now authorized to store, treat, process, package, and distribute GSPP-certified tomato seed for the NAFTA market. Read More
MarketingThe Power Of Local Food [Opinion]
June 30, 2015
Summer is now in full swing and we have entered what I like to call “the season of farmers markets.” Read More
PotatoesInnovative Technology Is Necessary For Potato Growers T…
June 30, 2015
Historically, there has often been opposition or fear of new agricultural technologies and today is no different, but it is critical that growers have access to technologies that meet consumer demand while using less land and conserving soil, water, and energy. Read More
BerriesRainy Weather Causing High Risk For Phytopthora In Berr…
June 29, 2015
With the rainy weather the Midwest has recently received, the conditions for Phytophthora diseases increases. An increased risk for oomycetes, Read More
Apples & PearsWildfires Damage Washington Fruit Businesses
June 29, 2015
More than 1,000 people have been forced to evacuate as a fast-moving wildfire swept into Wenatchee, WA, on Sunday night Read More
Farm ManagementMarketing Tips From GenNext Growers
June 29, 2015
Whether your business is in its beginning stages of development or is already established and in need of increased visibility, Read More
USDA organic logo
Farm ManagementThe ROI On An Organic Checkoff [Opinion]
June 29, 2015
Organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of Read More
VegetablesBiopesticide From Vestaron Receives California Registra…
June 26, 2015
Vestaron Corporation, a developer of insect control products derived from naturally occurring peptides, today announced that its VST-006330-EP biopesticide has Read More
Crop ProtectionZeal SC Miticide Now Registered With Liquid Formulation
June 26, 2015
Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced that Zeal SC Miticide has been registered by the EPA with a new liquid formulation that Read More
PotatoesBlack Gold Farms Kicks Off Red Potato Harvest In Southe…
June 26, 2015
American Vegetable Grower magazine’s Top 100 Grower Black Gold Farms kicked off fresh red potato harvest in Southeast Missouri this Read More
CucurbitsNational Watermelon Association Designs Patriotic Car F…
June 26, 2015
The National Watermelon Association (NWA), in conjunction with NASCAR racer Ross Chastain’s season long sponsors Watermelon.org and Helena Chemical, want Read More
Disease ControlQuintec Fungicide Receives Label For Bacterial Spot Sup…
June 26, 2015
Quintec fungicide from Dow AgroSciences, known as an effective treatment for suppressing bacterial spot in peppers, is now available to Read More
Crop ProtectionStay A Step Ahead Of Weeds
June 26, 2015
Weed control can be a tricky and costly task made all the more difficult by herbicide resistance and the push Read More