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10 11, 2017

More Regulations on Agriculture from the Air Resources Board? Not so Fast…

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

CCM Director of Government Affairs Alyssa Houtby attended a meeting with staff from the California Air Resources Board (ARB) this week to discuss the Agency’s activity on potential concept regulations that could categorize and packing houses as large warehouse and distribution centers. ARB staff was directed in March of last year by the ARB to [...]

2 11, 2017

CCM Challenges USDA’s Recent Publication

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations, Pesticides|0 Comments

Earlier this week, California Citrus Mutual sent a letter to Senior Entomologist for USDA, Dr. David Epstein, to push for changes in the recent USDA publication: Attractiveness of Agricultural Crops to Pollinating Bees for the Collection of Nectar and/or Pollen. The publication is designed to provide a compilation of information on the attractiveness of crops [...]

7 09, 2017

ACT NOW: Tell Your Assembly Member to Vote YES on SB 623 to Stop Water Board Extortion

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Water|0 Comments

Last week, the Assembly Appropriations Committee referred SB 623, the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Act, back to the Assembly Rules Committee where it can either be sent directly to the Floor for a vote before the end of the current session on September 15 and then on to the Governor for signing, or suspended [...]

5 09, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Bipartisan Coalition Focuses Attention on 150+ Valley Communities with Unsafe Water

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics, Press Releases, Water|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 Media Contacts: Alyssa Houtby, Director of Government Affairs (559) 592-3790 Bipartisan Coalition Focuses Attention on 150+ Valley Communities with Unsafe Water Valley Leaders Speak Out in Support of SB 623 and Safe, Affordable Drinking Water for All VISALIA, CA - On Wednesday, September 6, the [...]

31 08, 2017

Why CCM Supports a Fee for Clean Drinking Water

By | August 31st, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Water|0 Comments

The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) is taking action against growers by issuing cleanup and abatement orders for alleged contamination of the groundwater by nitrate fertilizers.  In short, the Water Board is coming after agriculture to pay for replacement water in disadvantaged communities where groundwater is contaminated by nitrates – and they will [...]

31 08, 2017

CDFA Submits Farm Bill Wish List

By | August 31st, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Farm Bill wish lists from around the country are being finalized and CDFA is the latest to submit one on behalf of California.  CDFA seeks a continuance of food & Nutritional Programs; Continuation of Conservation Programs, maintaining the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program; the export support program entitled MAP; Food Aid Programs, improved funding for [...]

27 07, 2017

Governor Schwarzenegger’s AB 32 Impacts Reduced

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Over eight years ago Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger initiated and signed AB 32 which gave broad powers to the state for imposing “solutions” that would offset the ill effects of climate change.  CCM, along with a majority of the business community, opposed that effort to no avail. This led to massive regulatory mandates that created significant [...]

27 07, 2017

Bipartisan CITRUS Act to Help Save Citrus Industry

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Pest and Disease|0 Comments

Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) introduced the bipartisan CITRUS Act, a bill developed with extensive grower input that will help expedite the delivery of the economic assistance needed in the short-term to save our domestic citrus industry. Joined by Congressman David Valadao and Filemon Vela, the CITRUS Act authorizes critical HLB disease research programs at the [...]

20 07, 2017

Chlorpyrifos – Court Denies Activists’ Appeal

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Pesticides|0 Comments

Some good news on the legal front for a change:  the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that petitioners’ motion for further mandamus relief has been DENIED. US EPA had been under a 9th Circuit Court ordered deadline to rule on a petition to cancel all tolerance for chlorpyrifos, submitted by anti-pesticide groups.  [...]

20 07, 2017

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Cap-and-Trade

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Laws & Regulations|0 Comments

Cap-and-trade is a necessary evil that became inevitable last year when the legislature passed SB 32, which extended the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 and directed the Air Resources Board to implement regulatory programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.  SB 32 not only increased the emissions [...]