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22 06, 2017

CCM Scholarship Fund Donation

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The California Citrus Mutual Scholarship fund recently received a generous donation of $5,000 from Joyce Smith to put towards the Harrison B. Smith Scholarship fund. Every year the CCM Scholarship Committee selects three winning scholarship recipients; one high school winner and two college winners. This year the committee awarded four standout students money to help [...]

22 06, 2017

First Case of HLB Confirmed in Alabama

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Pest and Disease|0 Comments

Federal and Alabama state plant health officials have confirmed the identification of HLB in leaf and insect samples from a residential property on Dauphin Island in Mobile County. According to an official press release, this is the first confirmation of HLB in Alabama despite biannual surveys for the pathogen by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and [...]

22 06, 2017

Citrus Health Response Program Update

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Pest and Disease|0 Comments

The acronym for the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) was coined by colleagues in Florida as they sought to develop a partnership with the federal government to offset the ravages of citrus canker and other maladies.  Unbeknownst to them, Huanglongbing was migrating throughout the state in a devastating manner at the same time but so [...]

22 06, 2017

Congresswoman Brownley Urges Support for CPDPP Funding

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Pest and Disease|0 Comments

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Julia Brownley wrote a letter to Governor Brown urging support for the $10 million allocated by the State Legislature for the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP). The letter explains the threat HLB has caused in other parts of the U.S. and the increased [...]

22 06, 2017

Lost at Sea

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Water|0 Comments

CCM receives an abundance of blogs, newsletters, and posts electronically.  Who doesn’t right?  Some are good, some not so good and a number of them just downright bad.  But one good one is the daily post from Families Protecting the Valley which is a water oriented message post. It generally creates a message we like [...]

22 06, 2017

FDA Intends to Extend Compliance Dates for Agricultural Water Standards

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Water|0 Comments

Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it is exploring ways to simplify the agricultural water standards established by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s (FSMA) produce safety rule (PSR) after receiving feedback from stakeholders that some of the requirements are too complex to understand and implement. FDA is now announcing its intention to extend the compliance [...]

22 06, 2017

Powers Stripped from Board of Equalization

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Last week the legislature passed two companion bills, SB 86 and AB 102, which would strip the State Board of Equalization (BOE) of all statutory functions and shift tax appeals to a new adjudicatory body. These measures undermine the current checks-and-balance system between tax collectors and taxpayers and the California Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights. This [...]

22 06, 2017

Meanwhile Back at Trump Tower

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

The Administration’s proposed USDA budget was met with howls of protest from several quarters.  However, the programs of vital importance to citrus producers were left alone for the most part.  Marketing assistance programs were severely cut back, but members of Congress have vowed to sustain them. One area of concern from CCM’s perspective was the [...]

22 06, 2017

Ag Innovation, BioTech, and Citrus

By | June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Pest and Disease, Research|0 Comments

The fresh produce industry has historically watched from a safe distance as producers in the Midwest embraced biotechnologies as a means to combat pest and disease pressures and increase yields in traditional staple crops such as corn and soybeans.  With the exception of papayas and more recently the apple industry, commodities in the fresh fruit [...]

15 06, 2017

NPR: To Protect Fruit Crops, Scientists Are Putting Them Into A Deep Freeze

By | June 15th, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry|0 Comments

Could cryopreservation protect the citrus varieties today’s consumers know and love from extinction?  A recent article by NPR highlights efforts by the California citrus industry, scientists, and USDA to preserve common citrus varieties using a method that involves the deep freezing of plant tissue, a method that has already protected 344 commercially important varieties, largely [...]