24 05, 2018

Fruit Flies in Argentina?

By | May 24th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Trade|0 Comments

Well yes and that has been a factor in the industry’s opposition to allow lemons into the United States from a fruit fly infested area.  Trade media was replete with announcements regarding detections in fruit destined for the United States two weeks ago and confirmation from USDA was non-existent after repeated attempts.  Finally, CCM and [...]

17 05, 2018

CCM Continues Washington, D.C. Advocacy

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: Labor, Politics, Trade, Water|0 Comments

California Citrus Mutual (CCM) President Joel Nelsen, Executive Vice President Casey Creamer, and Director of Governmental Affairs Alyssa Houtby were in Washington, D.C. last week following up with administration and congressional offices on the issues of trade, water, and immigration. Throughout the week, the CCM team met with Congressmen Devin Nunes, David Valadao, Jeff Denham, [...]

10 05, 2018

Strong Summer Expected for South African Citrus

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

According to the Packer, buyers should see another strong South African citrus crop this summer. The navels are arriving a little later than normal, but are expected to arrive in the U.S. the week of June 11. The drought in South Africa has not affected this year’s crop, but there is worry about its impact [...]

2 05, 2018

CCM Talks Trade with the State Board of Food and Agriculture

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

At the State Board of Food and Agriculture hearing on Tuesday, Executive Vice President Casey Creamer was invited to make a presentation on impacts to the citrus industry due to the recent tariffs imposed by the Chinese government.  The State Board received presentations from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Wine Institute, the California Milk [...]

2 05, 2018

Networking with CCM Members

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Citrus Industry, Politics, Trade, Water|0 Comments

This past week CCM directors and staff conducted a roundtable discussion and a conference call with and for CCM members to relay action steps authorized by the Board of Directors to enhance the industry’s economic climate.  Led by CCM President Joel Nelsen, four subject areas were reviewed:  trade, gubernatorial election direction, U.S. Senate race direction, [...]

26 04, 2018

CCM Pushes for Support for Additional MAP Funds

By | April 26th, 2018|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

CCM, along with 17 other Ag organizations, recently submitted a letter to the House and Senate California Delegation supporting additional funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) cost-share programs.  The funding for these export programs remains the same in the current version of the Farm Bill, but the letter explains [...]

12 04, 2018

Part 2: Full Details of CCM’s Washington, D.C. Visit

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Research, Trade, Water|0 Comments

As reported in last week’s Market Memo, CCM Chairman Curt Holmes, President Joel Nelsen, and Executive Vice President Casey Creamer were in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss our federal priorities.  Little did we know that as we were boarding the plane that we would be in the middle of a huge trade dispute, as [...]

12 04, 2018

Have You Heard the Latest about Trade?

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

News about China is all over the media and suffices to say CCM has been very active as noted elsewhere in the market memo.  But one of the suggestions presented by CCM, rejuvenation of TPP or the Japanese bi-lateral has generated some traction. There were many agricultural sectors benefiting from the final language but the [...]

12 04, 2018

Florida Pushes Back Against Colombian Citrus Imports

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: Trade|0 Comments

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently put forth requirements governing the importation of fresh citrus from Colombia into the United States.  During the public comment period, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS-DPI) along with Florida Citrus Mutual (FCM) submitted letters pushing back and argued that these mitigation steps were [...]

5 04, 2018

Federal Briefs: CCM in Washington, D.C. to Discuss Citrus Priorities

By | April 5th, 2018|Categories: Labor, Laws & Regulations, Trade, Water|0 Comments

This week CCM Chairman Curt Holmes, President Joel Nelsen, and Executive Vice President Casey Creamer are in Washington, D.C. to discuss federal issues critical to citrus producers.  The meetings are focused on recent trade impacts due to China implementing retaliatory tariffs on citrus, citrus research funding in the next Farm Bill, water infrastructure funding, and [...]