26 10, 2017

Round One to the U.S. Citrus Science Council

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

Late Wednesday afternoon the U.S. Citrus Science Council (USCSC) law firm received word from Federal Court that they were dismissing four of the five claims filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding “standing” in the Argentine lemon import case.  As reported several weeks ago, the DOJ surprised our Counsel by agreeing to a schedule [...]

19 10, 2017

Motion Filed for Summary Judgement

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The U.S. Citrus Science Council (USCSC) filed their brief for summary judgment repealing the Argentine Lemon import rule on Wednesday in Federal Court, Fresno.  The Department of Justice is obligated to file a response by November 15, 2017 at which time the USCSC is mandated to respond, should they choose to do so, no later [...]

19 10, 2017

Time To Schedule The First Copper Spray For Export Compliance

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

Growers wanting to qualify their citrus for export to China and/or Korea during the 2017-18 season should schedule their first copper fungicide application.  For growing Districts 1 and 2, a zinc-copper-lime application should be made between October 15 and November 30.   This fungicide application is a protective treatment for management of Septoria spot and is [...]

5 10, 2017

CCM Opposes ITC Petition on Tariffs, Price Floor on Solar Imports

By | October 5th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted an affirmative determination of injury to domestic producers of solar products and now the plaintiff, Suniva, Inc. is petitioning the ITC for a tariff on solar cells of $0.40 and a minimum price floor of $0.78 per watt on solar modules – which would more than double the [...]

28 09, 2017

California Citrus Exporter Workshops

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

Four citrus workshops will be held for all packinghouses exporting to Korea, China and New Zealand with an emphasis on preclearance for Australia.  The dates and locations are below.  Participation in one of the workshops is mandatory for USDA/APHIS certification in the Australia preclearance program.  Two individuals from each packinghouse must attend one of the [...]

21 09, 2017

Dueling Briefs: DOJ vs. USCSC

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

Briefs were filed this past week as the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeks to disqualify the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Citrus Science Council (USCSC) for lack of standing among other things.  The DOJ further argues that the plaintiffs, five growers along with USCSC, have not suffered any economic or environmental damage, therefore, how and [...]

14 09, 2017

Helping Farmers in the Trade Sector

By | September 14th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

CCM recently signed onto a letter inviting Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Agriculture, to California in order to visit the Ag communities here. The intent of this visit is to allow the Secretary the opportunity to visit farming operations as well as discuss trade priorities with California’s agricultural trade stakeholders. California is the nation’s largest agricultural [...]

17 08, 2017

Port Strike Remembered!

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The port strike of 2014/15 was disastrous for our industry and sister commodities such as apples, potatoes, cotton and nuts.  The memory continues to rankle industry leaders to the point that two pathways were identified to insure nothing like that happens again.  Despite constant communications directed to the Obama and Brown Administrations, both offices turned [...]

17 08, 2017

Lemon Case Update

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The Department of Justice threw a “Hail Mary” or “swung for the fences” with a recent filing arguing that the U.S. Citrus Science Council (USCSC) does not have standing warranting the filing of the industry lawsuit challenging the Argentine Lemon import rule.  On a parallel track, they also agreed to a calendar for action steps [...]

10 08, 2017

Legislators Urge Support for California’s Agriculture Exports

By | August 10th, 2017|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

CCM has been actively involved in constructing a letter that was sent to the Trump Administration earlier this week regarding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) re-negotiations and California agriculture. The letter was spearheaded by Congressman Kevin McCarthy and signed by both Democrat and Republican members of Congress including David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Stephen [...]