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21 11, 2019

California Rejects Federal Water Proposal; Files Lawsuit over Endangered Species

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics, Water|0 Comments

Today, the Newsom Administration rejected the Federal Government’s water proposal and released its draft environmental impact report for “fish protective management” of the State Water Project and water flows through the Delta. According to the Administration, the proposed plan “reflects the state’s assessment that operating rules recently proposed by federal agencies are not scientifically adequate [...]

17 10, 2019

Governor Newsom Announces Appointments to Cal DPR

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Pest and Disease, Politics|0 Comments

Governor Newsom has appointed Val Dolcini director at the Department of Pesticide Regulation, where he has served as acting director since June 2019 following the departure of former director Brian Leahy. Dolcini also served concurrently as the deputy secretary for agriculture at Cal EPA. Dolcini’s appointment to DPR director was broadly supported by the agricultural [...]

10 10, 2019

CCM Urges Congress to Pass USCMA

By | October 10th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual is part of a broad coalition that is urging Congress to pass the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA).  USMCA is widely seen as an improvement over NAFTA and its ratification by Congress will help create California jobs and spur economic growth while also strengthening protections for workers and the environment.  According to Trade [...]

3 10, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom Vetoes SB1

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

On Friday, September 27, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act authored by Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins. “While I disagree about the efficacy and necessity of Senate Bill 1, I look forward to working with the Legislature in our shared fight against [...]

12 09, 2019

Joint coalition statement regarding SB 559

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

SB 559 Fails This Year, Resulting in Potential Delays on Critical Water Project   Link to Statement The 2019 legislative deadline has passed without a successful resolution for work needed to restore conveyance capacity on the Friant-Kern Canal. Both Senate Bill (SB) 559, which was a legislative measure introduced by State Senator Melissa Hurtado to [...]

5 09, 2019

Trade Mitigation Options for Citrus Growers

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics, Trade|0 Comments

Over the last several weeks, the staff here at CCM has received questions as to why the citrus industry is not getting direct payments.  Since the first round of trade mitigation, several commodities in California have been added to the Market Facilitation Program and growers are wondering why they are not being paid for their [...]

5 09, 2019

Act Now – Urge the Assembly to Amend SB 1

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Advocacy, Citrus Industry, Politics|0 Comments

With just a week remaining before the legislature adjourns, CCM is urging the Assembly to amend SB 1 (Atkins) in order to ensure state and federal water regulators are able to utilize the best available science and timely data for effective environmental protection and water management. In its current form, SB 1 proposes dangerous changes [...]

29 08, 2019

Legislation Update – With three weeks left in Session, the Legislature will tackle the year’s most controversial issues

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: Laws & Regulations, Politics|0 Comments

Over 600 bills are up for consideration on Friday as the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees tackles an expansive list of proposals that are currently parked on their suspense files.  The suspense file is a de facto holding pen for all bills that have a fiscal impact on the State greater than $150,000.  Those bills [...]

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 [...]