22 08, 2019

What you need to know about the proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

Much is being printed about the proposed regulatory modifications to the federal Endangered Species Act.  Bottom line: the Administration acted, activists responded, and states sued.  This is getting rather predictable. The changes are scheduled to take effect 30 days after the final rules are published in the Federal Register.  Highlights specific to our interests are: [...]

22 08, 2019

CCM Participates in Roundtable Meeting with UC Ag Sustainability Institute and think tank “Roots of Change” about the Future of CA Agriculture

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Marketing, Politics, Water|0 Comments

CCM’s Alyssa Houtby recently joined representatives from several agricultural associations this week for a roundtable forum with the UC Ag Sustainability Institute and advocacy group “Root of Change” about the future of California agriculture, the regulatory, political, and natural resource issues facing the industry, and opportunities for collaboration. The forum was hosted by the California [...]

15 08, 2019

Legislation Update: SB 559 Heard in Appropriations, Ordered to Suspense File

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, Politics|0 Comments

Senate Bill 559, a bill jointly authored by the Central Valley Caucus lead by Senator Hurtado, was placed on the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File this week. The bill, sponsored by Friant Water Authority and supported by a large, diverse stakeholder group including CCM, would grant up to $400 million to the Friant Water Authority to [...]

15 08, 2019

ACTION ALERT: Amend Senate Bill 1

By | August 15th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics, Water|0 Comments

Senate Bill 1 by Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins proposes dangerous changes to how the state implements the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which will have a devastating impact to farmers, rural and urban communities, and our ecosystem unless amended. The bill seeks to preserve environmental regulations against perceived rollbacks by the Trump Administration by empowering state agencies [...]

8 08, 2019

USDA Announces Connie Conway as State Executive Director for Farm Service Agency

By | August 8th, 2019|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Connie Conway as the new State Executive Director (SED) for the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), serving as an appointee of President Donald J. Trump. FSA State Directors help implement USDA policies in planning, organizing, and administering FSA programs in their respective states. They are also responsible for running [...]

18 07, 2019

SB 1 Could Have Lasting Implications for California Water

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics, Water|0 Comments

When the legislature returns from its summer recess in August, the Assembly will take up Senate Bill 1, the latest effort by California politicians to decry the Trump Administration. If SB 1 is signed into law with the current Endangered Species Act (ESA) provisions,  there will be long-term, negative consequences to how water is managed [...]

11 07, 2019

Support the CCM PAC – RSVP Today for Issues & Eggs with Assembly Member Adam Gray

By | July 11th, 2019|Categories: Events, Politics|0 Comments

Join the California Citrus Mutual Political Action Committee for Issues & Eggs with Assembly Member Adam Gray on July 26th at the Visalia Country Club. For the citrus industry to be an effective and respected voice in Sacramento and D.C. we must have a robust PAC and continue to support legislators and candidates who can [...]

27 06, 2019

State Senate Delegation Visits Central Valley Agriculture

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual joined with the California Fresh Fruit Association, Western Plant Health Association, American Pistachio Growers, Western Growers Association, and the Agriculture Council of California to host a 5-member delegation of the California Senate for a two-day tour of Central Valley farming operations last week. The delegation was led by Senator Steve Glazer, who [...]

27 06, 2019

Sacramento Update: June 27, 2019

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

Back in May, a legislative deadline required all bills to be passed out of their house of origin.  Any bill that did not make it out either became a two-year bill or was de-facto “killed”. SB 458 by Senator Durazo was one bill that died as a result of being held on Senate Appropriations suspense [...]

27 06, 2019

Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Negotiations Continue

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: Politics|Tags: , |0 Comments

As part of the 2019-20 Budget, the Governor and Legislature reached an agreement to provide $130 million in funding for safe and affordable drinking water from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and the State’s General Fund. As reported in the Market Memo, CCM and several other agricultural associations have been at the table for [...]