CCM Executive Committee Travels to D.C.

Farm Bill & California Citrus Advocacy 

CCM Chairman Jared Plumlee, Vice Chairs Julia Inestroza, Gabe Olmos, and staff made their annual trip to the U.S Capitol last week to advocate for the passage of the Farm Bill and the critical programs that it funds for HLB citrus research as well as visit with members of Congress and their staff to highlight key issues for the citrus industry. CCM visited with Senator Alex Padilla, Representatives Jim Costa, Julia Brownley, Ken Calvert and the offices of Representatives Salud Carbajal, John Duarte and Adam Schiff. The team also met with USDA Undersecretary Jenny Lester-Moffitt and various staff members.

CCM, Texas, and Florida Citrus Mutuals met with the Senate and House Ag Committee (also known as the Four Corners) to push for a Farm Bill within the year and highlight the progress made regarding citrus research. They advocated for the continuation of the Citrus Trust Fund, a $25M research arm that provides research grants towards remedies to HLB.

Annual Taste of Sunshine Event

CCM proudly sponsored Taste of Sunshine, a joint venture with the Texas and Florida Citrus Mutuals. The event provided a reception and fresh citrus for Congressional staff, members, interested federal agencies, and foreign embassy attachés to celebrate U.S. citrus and its importance to our communities, nutrition, and global food security. This year’s reception took place in the House Ag Committee meeting room and was attended by over 200 guests. Representative David Valadao gave an official welcome during the event.

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