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:
19 12, 2019

House Approved Spending Plan is a Major Win to CA Citrus

By | December 19th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, Pest and Disease|0 Comments

On December 17, 2019, the United States House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion appropriations bill to fund the government. Included in the package is $61 million for the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) and $8.5 million for the citrus HLB multi-agency coordination (MAC).  CHRP provides funding to offset California’s Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention [...]

19 12, 2019

United States and China Reach Phase One Trade Agreement

By | December 19th, 2019|Categories: Trade|Tags: , , |0 Comments

On December 13, 2019, the United States and China reached a Phase One Trade agreement. The agreement has not been released publicly and is subject to translation and final editing before it is signed by President Trump, which is expected to be mid-January. “The California citrus industry appreciates the Administration’s efforts to resolve the longstanding [...]

15 08, 2019

New UC ANR Website for Agritourism

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry|0 Comments

Thinking of diversifying your business?  UC ANR has rolled out a new website that will act as a repository for a plethora of information for farmers who are interested in creating an agritourism business.  Read the article below by Penny Leff of the University of California to find out more information. Californians and California tourists [...]

15 08, 2019

REMINDER: Produce Safety Rule Update – CDFA Questionnaire for “Small Farms”

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Food Safety|0 Comments

To identify farms that are most likely required to comply with the Produce Safety Rule (also known as FSMA), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) obtained limited public information from the CalAg Permits system, maintained by the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA), and used by each county to collect Pesticide Use [...]

15 08, 2019

USDA Announces Fruit Purchases

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Trade|0 Comments

USDA recently announced the $26.7 million orange purchase program will commence on September 9 and run through December 18, 2019.  This is the final installment of the original $55 million program that was offered last year to offset losses associated with trade disputes.  Over $14 million will be allocated to California orange shippers during this [...]

15 08, 2019

Legislation Update: SB 559 Heard in Appropriations, Ordered to Suspense File

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, Politics|0 Comments

Senate Bill 559, a bill jointly authored by the Central Valley Caucus lead by Senator Hurtado, was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File this week. The bill, sponsored by Friant Water Authority and supported by a large, diverse stakeholder group including CCM, would grant up to $400 million to the Friant Water Authority to [...]

15 08, 2019

Nationwide Updates on the Status of HLB

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Pest and Disease|0 Comments

On Monday, USDA hosted a monthly conference call for citrus-producing states and stakeholders to discuss local and federal activities relative to HLB. Florida reports that due to tree removal initiatives, more intensive farming practices, and nursery regulations, production has improved.  They know they are not out of the woods but after years of decline, then [...]

15 08, 2019

CDFA and DPR Announces Alternatives to Chlorpyrifos Workgroup

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Pesticides|0 Comments

On May 8, 2019, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) announced that the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) would begin acting to ban the use of chlorpyrifos in California by initiating the cancellation of the pesticide. During the cancellation process, DPR's recommendations to county agricultural commissioners for tighter permit restrictions on the use of chlorpyrifos will remain [...]

15 08, 2019

CCM Welcomes new staff member Alexis Silveira

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Press Releases|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual welcomes Alexis Silveira to the staff as Communications Manager.  Alexis previously worked for the Sacramento County Farm Bureau for two years as the Program and Membership Coordinator.  Before that, she was the Constituent Services Representative for Congressman David Valadao.  In her new role at CCM, she will help expand our communications efforts [...]

15 08, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Amend Senate Bill 1

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics, Water|0 Comments

Senate Bill 1 by Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins proposes dangerous changes to how the state implements the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which will have a devastating impact to farmers, rural and urban communities, and our ecosystem unless amended. The bill seeks to preserve environmental regulations against perceived rollbacks by the Trump Administration by empowering state agencies [...]