Keck and Batkin look forward to the day when HLB is a reflection in the rear-view mirror to allow the association to focus on other important issues.

While Batkin is retiring by the book, he plans to continue the pursuit of citrus industry solutions.

“I have had the most fabulous career that anyone could ever hope for in life and I will continue to be involved in citrus research,” Batkin said.

He may work with USDA in Texas where HLB was detected several years ago. He says Texas is a “perfect environment” to test and utilize HLB-prevention tools.

While Ted and his wife Diyls’ free time will include cruising the country via motor home, Ted’s windshield time will include peering out for citrus answers.

“As long as I have good health, I’ll be out ringing the bell on citrus research. There is still work to do,” Batkin concluded.

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