15 02, 2018

USDA Secretary Visits California Citrus

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue came to town for the nation’s largest Farm Show and stayed to visit with members of the citrus industry on Wednesday.  Led by Jim Phillips, Porterville Citrus Principle and CCM director, the Secretary toured the packing house for his first look at a California citrus operation.  Accompanying Jim were originating partners Bruce [...]

25 01, 2018

CCM Board Evaluates Sacramento Actions

By | January 25th, 2018|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Self-evaluation is sometimes a difficult item to consider, but given the makeup of the state legislature and agency energy to accomplish objectives before November, the Board and committees are determining what has worked, what has fallen short, and where we need to improve as a grower’s advocate to thwart negative impacts coming from Sacramento.  “It’s [...]

10 11, 2017

USDA Secretary Perdue, LA and San Francisco are not Representative of California

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

The view of California agriculture from elsewhere in the country, principally Washington, D.C., is often overshadowed by the perception that the interests of Los Angeles and San Francisco are representative of the entire State. In middle-America, Agriculture consists of vast swaths of corn and soybean fields - a stark contrast to the more than 200 [...]

9 11, 2017

U.S. Citrus Holds Washington, D.C. Rendezvous

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

Leaders from the citrus producing states of California, Texas and Florida traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week for an annual ROI gathering conducted by USDA specific to ACP/HLB programs in the respective states.  Hosted by USDA/APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea, the sector discussion reviews the entire APHIS set of programs as they apply to the [...]

2 11, 2017

Democratic Caucus Tours Ventura County Ag

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Ventura County Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin is a true advocate for California agriculture in our state’s capitol.  The two-term legislator has been on numerous agriculture tours during her tenure both in her district and in other areas of the state.  As a member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, she championed our industry’s request for state funding [...]

12 10, 2017

What does an LA Legislator and Agriculture have in common?

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

What does an LA legislator and agriculture have in common?  Politically, not much.  At least not superficially.  But, in the case of Assembly Woman Blanca Rubio (D – West Covina), a shared distrust of unions and general disenchantment with the current political system in California could make her an unlikely advocate for agriculture. Over the [...]

12 10, 2017

VP Pence Event Happened but no Chat!

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

CCM Board Chairman Curt Holmes and CCM President Joel Nelsen were two of a few hundred attending an event with Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Vice President Pence this past week.  The event was designed to raise funds for the California Congressmen that could have serious challenges from the far left.  “Several of us were to [...]

5 10, 2017

Does a Budget Create Money?

By | October 5th, 2017|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

Once again the federal government is living on borrowed time specific to the budget.  The fiscal year began October 1 and Congress, in September, passed a continuing resolution which allocates dollars out to government entities at the level received the previous year.  For the agencies allocating money out to the programs, such as our ACP/HLB [...]

28 09, 2017

D.C. Agenda Includes Trade, Guest Worker Program, and Farm Bill

By | September 28th, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Congress may have been out of session last week, but there was no shortage of activity in their absence.  CCM’s Joel Nelsen, Alyssa Houtby and Board Vice Chairman Matt Fisher represented the industry at the United Fresh Public Policy Conference and took to Capitol Hill for meetings with over 20 offices and senior leadership at [...]

7 09, 2017

House 2018 Spending Amendments Hit Agriculture

By | September 7th, 2017|Categories: Politics|0 Comments

Several amendments to the U.S. House omnibus spending package directly impact agriculture and more specifically specialty crops.  There were deep cuts to many programs.  However, citrus in large part due to the efforts of CCM and our sister organizations in Florida and Texas will see HLB/ACP funding increases, if the amendments survive and the bill [...]