Citrus Showcase at the Visalia Convention Center

March 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Leaders of one of the Valley's biggest industries flocked to Visalia today.

California Citrus Mutual says growers were interested in how to protect themselves from the Asian citrus psyllid, which if carrying a bacterial disease can kill citrus trees. Growers were also concerned with marketing citrus in a new way in chain grocery stores.

Organizers say this year's event was a success. "All of our vendors were sold out. Our lunch tables are sold out. The two panels we had this morning -- it was standing room only. So for us, and what we do, this is about as good as we get. Maybe next year at this time we'll have to get a bigger facility," said Tom Wollenman, California Citrus Mutual.

California Citrus Mutual said nearly 700 people came out to the Citrus Showcase.