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16 05, 2019

Another Successful Citrus Stride!

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Events|Tags: |0 Comments

Yesterday we held our 4th Annual Citrus Stride Event at the State Capitol and the unexpected rain did not stop Legislators and staffers from joining us outside for this great cause! Each year CCM holds this 1-mile walk around the State Capitol benefitting community food banks throughout the state and to raise awareness of the [...]

16 05, 2019

USDA/APHIS by the Numbers

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease|0 Comments

Often it “appears” that Citrus Mutual expresses frustration or opposition to APHIS and their proposals.  They are the agency tasked with the responsibility of protecting agriculture from invasive pests and diseases as well as establishing protocols for allowing off shore product into the United States that could vector pest and disease.  Thus their responsibility ranges [...]

16 05, 2019

Speaking of which, what about China?

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The headlines were big and the noise loud about a proposed rule allowing specific Chinese citrus into the United States.  The release was a surprise albeit it had been pending for five years.  The rule is specific to the following varieties:  pomelo, Nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange & Satsuma mandarin. USDA/APHIS has developed a [...]

16 05, 2019

Meanwhile, on the Trade Front with China

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The tea leaves are not looking good presently. We have learned that China did seek to renegotiate terms of a trade agreement that had already been discussed.   Headlines are accurate inasmuch CCM has been contacted by USDA regarding the trade mitigation package being extended and seeking counsel on how it could be improved.  USDA is [...]

9 05, 2019

CCM Statement on Chlorpyrifos Ban

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Pesticides, Press Releases|0 Comments

Yesterday, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced that they are going to begin the cancellation process of chlorpyrifos.  The statement cites scientific findings that chlorpyrifos poses serious public health and environmental risks to vulnerable communities. “The decision to ban chlorpyrifos is not surprising given the significant [...]

9 05, 2019

Assembly Members ask State to Continue Support for HLB Program

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease|0 Comments

For several years, Citrus Mutual has actively engaged with members of the State Legislature about the threat of Huanglongbing and the industry’s efforts to protect urban and commercial citrus trees. The reception has consistently been supportive by both rural and urban legislators. Now, as the number of HLB detections continue to rise and the quarantined [...]

9 05, 2019

Continuing to Fight for our Industry’s Longevity Requires Teamwork

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease|0 Comments

The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee (CPDPC) recently released its 2017-2018 Annual Report which included the below message from their Chairman Jim Gorden: “For more than two centuries, citrus has grown strong in California’s yards and groves – serving as a source of nourishment, income and tradition for many different individuals – but all [...]

9 05, 2019

U.S. Citrus Descends Upon Washington, D.C.

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

Citrus industry leaders from Florida, Texas, and California descended upon Washington, D.C. last week laying a foundation regarding the explosion of off shore imports into the domestic market adversely affecting grower revenues and shelf space at retail stores.  The California contingent consisted of CCM’s President Casey Creamer and Strategic Advisor Joel Nelsen along with Sunkist’s [...]

9 05, 2019

Citrus from China?

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

Last week USDA published a rule for comment allowing China citrus producers access to the U.S. market.  Notwithstanding the fact that this “ask” had been lingering since 2014, the publishing of the rule initiates a process in which specific varieties of citrus could land in the domestic market this next season.  Taking advantage of previously [...]

2 05, 2019

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order on Water

By | May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Water|0 Comments

On April 29th, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-10-19, which directs the California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to develop a water resiliency portfolio.  The water portfolio will be designed to reassess the priorities identified in the 2016 California Water Action Plan. California Citrus [...]