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14 02, 2019

Governor Newsom Names Cabinet and Secretary Appointees

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Politics, Water|0 Comments

Governor Newsom names Esquivel SWRCB Chair, appoints Lauren Firestone Former CDFA Secretary Bill Lyons appointed Agriculture Liaison in the Office of the Governor In his first two months of office, Governor Newsom has made several appointments to his cabinet and various agencies that have a direct impact on the agricultural industry. On February 12, 2019, [...]

7 02, 2019

California Citrus Washington, D.C. Summary

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Sunkist, Wonderful Citrus, and CCM made the rounds in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday outlining priorities in several Congressional offices.  House and Senate Ag Committees and key Congressional offices, including newcomer T J Cox were all given a briefing on priority concerns for the new Congress.  “Lots of offices still under renovation,” notes CCM’s Joel Nelsen, [...]

17 01, 2019

Federal Election Forces Committee Changes

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Trying to identify “who is on first” at the federal level has been a challenge because of Republican increases in the Senate and Democratic victories in the House.  But this is what we know so far as it relates to our priorities: The Senate Finance Committee holds responsibility on trade matters.  A new chair from [...]

10 01, 2019

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross Reappointed

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

On Tuesday evening Governor Newsom released a statement reappointing CDFA Secretary Karen Ross to her existing position.  “The Secretary has been a staunch supporter of our industry and specifically the ACP/HLB program,” states CCM President Joel Nelsen.  “I have had the pleasure of working with Karen as a colleague with the Wine Grape Growers Association, [...]

3 01, 2019

The Government Shutdown and USDA

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease, Politics, Trade|0 Comments

Previously we talked about the federal government shutdown and potential impacts to the California citrus industry.  Well, today we shift from potential to actual.  Our major priority would be the ACP/HLB program sometimes known as CHRP.  We are not suffering any major impacts inasmuch so much of the funding comes from growers and the state.  [...]

21 12, 2018

All Eyes are on Appointments

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

As Governor Elect Gavin Newsom prepares to take office on January 7, 2019; agriculture is one of many industries paying close attention to who will make up the Governor’s administration.  CCM is working closely with the other agriculture associations to submit names of individuals for leadership positions at the CalEPA, Department of Pesticide Regulations, State [...]

21 12, 2018

CCM Hosts Sacramento Legislators for Tour of Central Valley Citrus

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

This week, CCM hosted a delegation of State legislators for a tour of the Central Valley citrus industry.   The group included Assembly Members Blanca Rubio, Jim Cooper, Devon Mathis, and Senator Susan Rubio as well as staff for Imperial County Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia. The tour started at the Wonderful Citrus Halo plant where CCM [...]

13 12, 2018

CCM in Washington, D.C. Once Again

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Politics, Trade|0 Comments

This time it was for a confab between fresh produce commodity leaders across the country in an attempt to get all parties in agreement specific to guest worker language and legislation in the next Congress. “Last summer the industry was not unified in our message or approach,” states CCM President Joel Nelsen, “and part of [...]

13 12, 2018

Governor-Elect Speaks to Ag and Water Folks

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Covered by major news media the visit by Governor-elect Gavin Newsom was designed to visit with as many citizens and stakeholder groups as possible.  Ninety minutes were spent with members of the Agricultural and water community.  CCM President Joel Nelsen was in attendance and spoke to the regulatory burdens foisted upon businesses and growers which [...]

6 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. Trip Report

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual (CCM) President Joel Nelsen and Executive Vice President Casey Creamer, spent two days in Washington, D.C. last week to attend the USDA-APHIS Citrus Commodity Sector Meeting in addition to continuing advocacy efforts on trade, water, labor, and the Farm Bill. Good news was received in meetings with House Ag Committee staff that [...]

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