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13 06, 2019

Drop-in by USDA Successful

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Being in California for a speaking engagement with time to spare, USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach sought a visit in the South Valley for permanent crops with CCM and the Fresh Fruit Assn. Under Secretary Ibach has responsibility over AMS which now has responsibility on the fruit purchase program; and APHIS which is a central [...]

13 06, 2019

Riverside County Reverses Budget Cuts to UC Cooperative Extension

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Research|0 Comments

Riverside County Board of Supervisors was persuaded to reverse its decision to drastically reduce its budget for UC Cooperative Extension from $674,064 to $112,000 on Monday, June 10th at its public budget meeting.  The UC Cooperative Extension partnership with Riverside County is over 100 years old and has always been a highly productive partnership that [...]

6 06, 2019

UPDATE: Social Security Administration Confirms They Will Take NO ACTION for Employer’s Who Do Not Comply with No-Match Letters

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

By: Michael C. Saqui and Gregory Blueford   As we previously reported, in conjunction with Chris Schulte of CJ Lake, LLC and Rob Roy of Ventura County Agricultural Association, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) began mailing Educational Correspondence (“EDCOR”) notifications to employers who submit at least one 2018 W-2 with a SSN mismatch or no-match. [...]

6 06, 2019

U.S. Citrus Team Making D.C. Gains

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Pest and Disease|0 Comments

Last week Texas, Florida and California Citrus Mutuals were summoned to Washington for a discussion on the utilization of dollars in the three main citrus producing states to offset challenges from ACP/HLB. For FY 18/19 Congress had increased appropriations but budget dollars were not passed until January 2019. USDA was concerned about “the wise use” [...]

6 06, 2019

CCM weighs in on drinking water proposals ahead of June 15th Budget Deadline

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

Governor Newsom and the Legislative leaders continue to negotiate a solution to provide clean drinking water to areas where groundwater quality is impacted by naturally and artificially occurring contaminants. CCM remains engaged with the Governor’s office and leadership to push for a solution that is comprehensive comprehensively, adequately funded and prioritizes rural and disadvantaged communities. [...]

6 06, 2019

Sacramento Round-up: Budget Conference Committee Negotiations, Wildfire Costs and Recovery: Who pays?, House-of-Origin Deadline for Legislation

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

The Budget Conference Committee is expected to reach an agreement on the 2019-20 budget bill that will go before the legislature for a vote next week. The legislature is up against a statutory deadline of June 15th to send a budget to the Governor. As of the time of this writing (Thursday, June 6), the [...]

6 06, 2019

Heat Illness Advisory

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Labor|0 Comments

It’s getting hot out there! The National Weather Service and Cal/OSHA are prompting all employers with outdoor workers to review their heat illness prevention plan and protect their employees ahead of excessive heat in central California. The National Weather Service is forecasting triple-digit temperatures in Fresno, Kern, Kings and Tulare Counties and has issued a [...]

30 05, 2019

House Appropriations Member Congresswoman Barbara Lee Visits Central Valley

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

Congresswoman Barbara Lee visited the Central Valley this week for an agriculture tour and roundtable meeting facilitated by local Congressman TJ Cox.  Congresswoman Lee is the only California representative on the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture which directs funding for important programs at USDA including the Citrus Health Response Program, HLB Multi-Agency Coordination Group, [...]

30 05, 2019

International Trade Commission Visits Citrus

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual hosted Sabina Neumann, an economist with the International Trade Commission. Sabina’s extensive economic portfolio includes the produce industry. The International Trade Commission is a non-partisan agency that evaluates trade activities on varied business sectors in the United States. The visit with Kings River Packing and Orange Cove-Sanger Citrus included information about cost [...]

30 05, 2019

Val Dolcini Named Acting DPR Director

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

Val Dolcini, who is currently serving as Deputy Secretary for Agriculture at CalEPA, will add Acting Director of the Department of Pesticide Regulation beginning June 3rd.  Teresa Marks, who has served as Acting Director since Brian Leahy’s departure has announced her retirement effective May 31st.  The change in leadership was abrupt, but not totally unexpected [...]