Save Our Citrus - Resources

Save Our Citrus - Resources

Here are free Save Our Citrus outreach resources that you can take, use, personalize with your logo/contact info, and distribute far and wide to help prevent the spread of citrus diseases.

Practice Safe Citrus

The United States government and the citrus industry have taken steps to stop the spread of citrus diseases, including quarantines of affected areas, inspection of host plants, removal of infected plants, confiscation of illegally shipped plants, USDA certification of citrus and public education campaigns. Here is what you can do to practice safe citrus:

Everyone:

  1. Know the facts about citrus diseases
  2. Get the word out: tell others about citrus diseases
  3. If you suspect citrus is being moved improperly, report your concerns to USDA’s Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance toll-free hotline at (800) 877-3835

Citrus Buyers:

  1. Don’t move citrus plants or plant materials out of quarantined states or territories including Alabama, American Somoa, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  2. Be a savvy buyer. Gift citrus fruit sold in a regulated state must be packed in a certified packinghouse and accompanied by a USDA certificate. Commercial fruit packers, Internet shippers and roadside vendors within regulated states should be able to prove they are in compliance with the federal quarantine. Before you buy, ask the vendor if their product is in compliance.
  3. Be aware that if you knowingly purchase citrus in violation of quarantine regulations and requirements, the penalties you could incur range from $1,100 to $60,000 per violation.

Citrus Owners and Homegrowers:

  1. Inspect citrus plants regularly for disease and insects
  2. If you detect an infected plant, report it immediately
  3. Enjoy your fruit with friends and neighbors, but be sure to obtain a federal certificate if you transport your citrus outside of your state. To inquire about transporting your citrus out of state, contact your USDA State Plant Health Director’s office.

Gift Citrus Smart

Before you give citrus, there are four things you should know to gift smart:

  1. Be Aware of Quarantines. If you are thinking about giving citrus fruit, plants, or items made with citrus (such as floral arrangements, wreaths, potpourri or seasonings like kaffir lime leaves) be sure not to move them from quarantined states or territories. Not only are you risking spreading citrus diseases by transporting citrus outside of these areas, but it’s also against the law. Learn more about quarantines.
  2. Check the Citrus Supplier. Be a savvy buyer. Gift citrus fruit sold in a regulated state must be packed in a certified packinghouse and accompanied by a USDA certificate. Commercial fruit packers, Internet shippers and roadside vendors within regulated states should be able to prove they are in compliance with the federal quarantine. Before you buy, ask the vendor if their product is in compliance. Learn more about quarantines.
  3. Keep Homegrown Citrus at Home. Help reduce the spread of citrus diseases by not moving your homegrown citrus fruit or plants across state lines. Enjoy your fruit with friends and neighbors, but be sure to obtain a federal certificate if you’re thinking of transporting your citrus outside of your state. To inquire about transporting your citrus out of state, contact your USDA State Plant Health Director’s office.
  4. Avoid Fines and Penalties. Because citrus diseases have destroyed millions of acres of citrus around the world, they present an immediate and urgent threat to America. If you knowingly purchase citrus in violation of quarantine regulations and requirements, the penalties you could incur range from $1,100 to $60,000 per violation. If you suspect citrus is being moved improperly, report your concerns to USDA’s Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance toll-free hotline at (800) 877-3835.

Grow Citrus Smart

When you buy and grow citrus, there are five things you should know:

  1. Be Aware of Quarantines. Be aware of the quarantines in your state. Do not move citrus trees, fruit or trimmings from these areas. Not only are you risking spreading citrus diseases by transporting citrus outside of these areas, but it’s also against the law. Learn more about quarantines.
  2. Inspect Citrus Plants Regularly for Diseases and Insects. Visit our Citrus Diseases page to identify a plant infected by citrus greening, citrus canker, citrus black spot and sweet orange scab. If you detect an infected plant, report it   immediately.
  3. Keep Homegrown Citrus at Home. Help reduce the spread of citrus diseases by not moving your homegrown citrus fruit or plants from quarantine areas or across state lines. Enjoy your fruit with friends and neighbors, but be sure to obtain a federal certificate if you’re thinking of transporting your citrus outside of your state. To inquire about transporting your citrus out of state, contact yourUSDA State Plant Health Director’s office.
  4. Check the Citrus Plant Supplier. Be a savvy buyer. Citrus plants sold in a regulated state must be sold from a certified vendor and be accompanied by a USDA certificate. Commercial fruit packers, internet shippers and roadside vendors within regulated states should be able to prove they are in compliance with the federal quarantine. Before you buy, ask the vendor if their product is in compliance. Learn more about quarantines.  If you buy a plant that is disease-free, you’ll have a much healthier, more productive tree.
Complementary Content
${loading}