15 02, 2018

Ventura County Lemon Advisory

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides, Trade|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is contacting the industry with an update regarding compliance with the China protocol for Ventura County lemons. The deadline for making the second copper application for the China protocol has been extended until March 6 for lemons in Ventura County to adjust for unusually low rainfall, very low brown [...]

25 01, 2018

Japan Inks Free Trade Agreement but not with U.S.

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

Japan and the EU finalized a trade agreement last month and recently released the details.  Recall that Japan, via TPP, and the United States had reached a tentative agreement in which the agriculture/citrus component was favorable to California growers because an oppressive tariff was being phased out.  That agreement, however, was negated by the new [...]

19 01, 2018

Are You Compliant with Protocols for Exports?

By | January 19th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides, Trade|0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council (CCQC) is providing guidance on how to comply with protocols for exports to Korea and China.  A copper application or approved alternative must be applied to acreage in the following regions by Feb. 20. Korea Copper applications or approved alternatives should be made to control Septoria spot in all counties [...]

19 01, 2018

CCM Submits Comments Fighting Import Access to Swaziland and Brazil

By | January 19th, 2018|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

Earlier this week, California Citrus Mutual filed comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the two Pest Risk Assessments (PRA) on the importation of fresh citrus into the United States from Swaziland and Brazil. For Swaziland, CCM pointed out that the PRA is too vague and speaks to the harvest of production in [...]

28 12, 2017

U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement is Non-Negotiable for California Citrus

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The benefit of the U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS) for the California citrus industry is undeniable. S. Korea is the largest export market for California oranges. In 2016, 28 percent of all U.S. orange exports were shipped to S. Korea and accounted for 95-percent of the market share. The total value of U.S. orange exports to [...]

28 12, 2017

Department of Justice Files Final Brief

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: Trade|Tags: |0 Comments

Last Friday afternoon the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed their final brief in the lawsuit brought against USDA by the U.S. Citrus Science Council.  Once again, the DOJ argued that growers did not have standing.  Once again, they argued that omitting one critical report justifying the proposal was not an error of process.  Once again, [...]

8 12, 2017

U.S. Citrus Science Council Battles Back

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Pest and Disease, Trade|0 Comments

“Rewarding bad behavior is not in our nomenclature,” reports U.S. Citrus Science Council (USCSC) Chair Richard Pidduck as a brief was filed in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.  The brief noted that USDA “steadfastly refused to disclose either key document (2015 trip report or work plan) so that stakeholders and the public [...]

8 12, 2017

CCM Urges USDA to Challenge EU

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

In a letter to recently appointed Under Secretary for Trade & Agricultural Affairs, Ted McKinney, CCM President Joel Nelsen urged the department to strongly challenge an EU proposal that mandates a precautionary principle for accepting fresh fruits and vegetables with detectable levels of a crop protection tool.  The existing proposal focuses on a post-harvest material [...]

8 12, 2017

One Small Tax Victory

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The debate on tax reform is extremely fluid with benefits and impacts still uncertain.  BUT our House champion Devin Nunes has confirmed one key element important to citrus producers; IC-DISC has been restored.  This element of tax law allows a producer’s export originated revenue to be taxed at a lower level than that achieved via [...]

1 12, 2017

Did We See It or Did We Not?

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

According to the Department of Justice and USDA, the Citrus Science Council and industry leaders allegedly had the opportunity to view and comment about a trip that occurred in June 2015 to Argentina.  This trip was the basis for a risk assessment, risk mitigation steps and the proposed rule allowing lemons into the United States [...]