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:
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. [...]

25 10, 2018

President Trump Issues Water Memorandum

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Politics, Water|Tags: , |0 Comments

We are sure by now that you all have heard about the President’s memorandum that was signed last Friday.  We at Citrus Mutual believe that the memorandum gives clear direction to the Federal agencies to complete the review of the biological opinions by January 31, 2019. Up until Friday, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) [...]

25 10, 2018

CCM Hosts Senator Henry Stern for a Tour of Central Valley Citrus

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

CCM partnered with members of the Ag Presidents Council to host Senator Henry Stern for a tour of Central Valley agriculture this week.  The Senator represents the very socio-economic and geographically diverse 27th Senate District which includes parts of Santa Clarita, Malibu, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Canoga Park, and Lake Balboa.  While his constituency is primarily [...]

14 06, 2018

DPR to List Chlorpyrifos as a Toxic Air Contaminant

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Pesticides, Politics|Tags: , , |0 Comments

On June 12, 2018, the Scientific Review Panel on Toxic Air Contaminants (SRP) unanimously approved the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) staff report that will list chlorpyrifos as a toxic air contaminant.  According to their report, chlorpyrifos may pose a public health risk as a toxic air contaminant based on its assessment of the [...]

14 06, 2018

Last Week to Register for CRB Grower Seminar Series

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Events|Tags: |0 Comments

The CRB and UC Cooperative Extension Seminar Series is June 26-27.  The deadline to register is Monday, June 18. Continuing Education Credits are available. Palm Desert – June 26 Santa Paula – June 27 Exeter – June 28 Click here for more information and to register.

14 06, 2018

Legislature Commits to Moving Forward a Solution for Clean Drinking Water

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Nitrates, Politics, Water|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Over the past several months, CCM has been closely engaged with the effort to provide growers liability protection against the State Water Resources Control Board for nitrate contamination of groundwater.  As we have chronicled in the Market Memo, SB 623 (Monning, D – Carmel) is the vehicle to achieve the desired result.  Simply, the bill [...]

14 06, 2018

Senate Ag Committee Advances Farm Bill

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Politics, Research|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday passed the Agriculture Improvement Act by a vote of 20 - 1.  Majority Leader McConnell has committed to consider the bill prior to the 4th of July congressional work period.  For the citrus industry and the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, many of our policy and resource request were accepted [...]