In April 2009, the National Academies of Science, at the request of the Florida Department of Citrus, formed the National Research Committee on Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing the Citrus Greening Disease (Huanglongbing). At the same time, the forward-looking citrus industry in Florida initiated the Citrus Research and Development Foundation. When the National Research Council’s report was published in March, 2010 it included a recommendation that one organization be identified and empowered to have oversight responsibility over HLB research and development efforts.

The Citrus Research and Development Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under Florida State laws as a Direct Support Organization of the University of Florida.

The Mission of the Foundation is to “Advance disease and production research and product development activities to ensure the survival and competitiveness of Florida’s citrus growers through innovation”.

The organization is headed by a 13-member Board of Directors that includes individuals from industry, academia and government. The COO handles the day-to-day management of business affairs, and Program Managers oversee the research and commercial product delivery project portfolios.

2019 Board of Directors:

N. Larry Black, Jr., President

Robert (Bobby) Barben, Vice President

Jonathan (Ned) Hancock, Treasurer

Rob Atchley, Secretary

Dr. Greg Hodges

David Howard

Charlie Lykes, Jr.

Dr. Jeanna Mastrodicasa

Jerome M (Jerry) Newlin

Bob Newsome

Dr. Tom Obreza

Dr. Pat Ouimet

John Updike


Joe L. Davis, Jr.

William B. (Ben) McLean III

Wayne H. Simmons


Mr. Rick Dantzler, COO  –  rdantzler@citrusrdf.org
Audrey Nowicki, Office Manager  –  anowicki@citrusrdf.org
Brandy Brown, Program Assistant  –  brandy.brown@citrusrdf.org


James Syvertsen, Ph.D. – Horticultural Practices  –  jmsn@ufl.edu
Jim Graham, Ph.D.  –  jhgraham@ufl.edu


Brandon Page, Field Trial Coordinator  –  bpage@ufl.edu
Emily Collins, Agricultural Assistant  –  emilyycollins@ufl.edu

CRDF 2017-18 Annual Report

CRDF 2016-17 Annual Report

CRDF 2014-15 Annual Report