Alyssa Houtby

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About Alyssa Houtby

Alyssa currently serves as Director of Public Affairs for CCM. Feel free to email her at: alyssa@cacitrusmutual.com.
20 06, 2019

Lawsuit requires FDA to designate “high risk” foods

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Food Safety, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reached a settlement with the Center for Food Safety (CFS) that will see the former designate “high risk” foods and propose special recordkeeping requirements for facilities that handle them by September 8, 2020. FDA has also agreed to publish the final rule and post the list of [...]

20 06, 2019

Are you ready for Cal/OSHA to bring on the heat?

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

By: Jizell Lopez, The Saqui Law Group Yesterday, Cal/OSHA issued a news release urging all employers to protect outdoor workers from heat illness. The news release is available here. Several cities across the state are already dealing with high heat temperatures and it is expected to stay between 90 and 100 degrees for the next [...]

20 06, 2019

Are bumblebees fish?

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Last week, the California Department of Fish and Game heard a petition from the Xerces Society and the Defenders of Wildlife to list four bumblebee species for protection under the California Endangered Species Act.  After some consideration, the Commission voted 3 to 1 to make all four bumblebee species as candidates for listing.  With candidate [...]

20 06, 2019

CPDPC Endorses Voluntary Best Practices for Growers in Response to HLB Detections

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Pest and Disease|0 Comments

To provide California citrus growers with a strong toolbox of options to protect their orchards from Huanglongbing (HLB), the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee has endorsed the following “Best Practices for Growers in Response to HLB in California.” The recommendations – which are grouped based on a grower’s proximity to an HLB detection – [...]

20 06, 2019

State Budget Includes Funding for ACP/HLB Program

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Pest and Disease, Politics|0 Comments

The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program will receive an additional $2.5 million in continuous funding from the State General Fund this year to create a dedicated citrus division at the Department of Food and Agriculture.  The funding was requested by CDFA and approved by the legislature as part of the 2019 Budget Act passed [...]

20 06, 2019

Save the Date! Issues & Eggs with Assemblyman Adam Gray July 26

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Events, Politics|0 Comments

Join California Citrus Mutual on Friday, July 26 at the Visalia Country Club for Issues & Eggs with Assembly Member Adam Gray, a fundraiser for the CCM PAC. Assembly Member Gray has long been a champion for legislative policies that create a reliable water supply for agriculture.  He has challenged the State Water Resources Control [...]

21 02, 2019

UCCE Kern County Spring Citrus Meeting – March 8

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry|0 Comments

The Kern County Cooperative Extension is hosting a Spring Citrus Meeting on Friday, March 8th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Extension office at 1021 S. Mount Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Continuing Education (CE) units or Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) units are not available. Topics include: Latest Treatment Strategies [...]

21 02, 2019

Bureau of Reclamation announces initial water supply allocation for the Central Valley Project

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Water|0 Comments

Agricultural water service contractors South-of-Delta are allocated 35 percent of their contract supply; Feinstein, Cox, and Costa call upon Reclamation to consider rainfall and snowpack in its initial allocation The Bureau of Reclamation announced on Wednesday the initial 2019 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project water service contractors, stating that, “California experienced a dry [...]

21 02, 2019

Gov. Newsom Appoints Former CDFA Secretary Bill Lyons to be his Agriculture Liaison

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Bill Lyons was officially appointed Wednesday to the newly created position of Agriculture Liaison in the Office of the Governor. Governor Newsom announced the appointment last week following his State of the State address during which he appointed Joaquin Esquivel as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board. Bill Lyons is a farmer and [...]

21 02, 2019

Congressional Recess and District Meetings

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations, Politics, Trade, Water|0 Comments

CCM staff and members of the Board met  with Representatives Devin Nunes and TJ Cox this week to discuss a number of Federal policy concerns from water, to immigration, to trade, and more.  Congress was on recess this week, providing an opportunity for CCM representatives to have two productive discussions with two members of Congress. [...]