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8 08, 2019

Cal/OSHA Adopts Emergency Wildfire Smoke Regulation Effective July 29, 2019

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The Cal/OSHA Standards Board has approved the emergency protection of workers exposed to wildfire smoke regulation, effective July 29, 2019.  This standard applies to workplaces where the current Air Quality Index (AQI) of particulate matter reaches 151 or greater and where employers should reasonably anticipate that employees could be exposed to wildfire smoke. For non-exempted employers [...]

8 08, 2019

China Suspends U.S. Ag Purchases

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The Chinese Government announced on Monday, August 5, 2019, that they are suspending all U.S. agricultural purchases effective immediately.  The quick escalation of the ongoing trade battle was expected in response to the Administration’s recent implementation of an additional 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods. U.S. agriculture and the California citrus industry [...]

1 08, 2019

Update on Vietnam Trade Discussions

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Trade, Uncategorized|0 Comments

USDA reports that discussions with Vietnamese officials have proven to be more cumbersome than anticipated with agreement on protocols for citrus access illusive. In fact, a recent communication from senior USDA policy officials to counterparts in the Vietnamese government indicates that technical discussions have become counterproductive.  The technical team at USDA/APHIS has been urged to [...]

1 08, 2019

ICE Conducting Silent Raids

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The following advisement is provided by the Saqui Law Group.  While we do not anticipate ICE raids will occur at packinghouses at this time, it is prudent that employers understand what to do should ICE conduct a raid or audit at your operation. As part of our partnership with the Saqui Law Group, CCM members [...]

1 08, 2019

DOL Proposes Changes to H-2A Program

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that includes a number of changes to the existing H-2A program. The National Council of Agricultural Employers and the Agricultural Coalition for Immigration Reform has prepared this side-by-side analysis of the changes.  The changes are expected to take effect in early 2020. [...]

1 08, 2019

Utilities Move Forward with Wildfire Insurance Fund

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The three major investor-owned utilities (IOUs), PG&E, Southern CA Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric, have chosen to contribute to the wildfire fund known as the Insurance Fund established by AB 1054, a decision that will provide greater protection to ratepayers against shouldering the costs for wildfire damages. AB 1054 required the IOUs to [...]

1 08, 2019

Citrus Exports to China and Hong Kong Down Significantly in 2018 and 2019

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Marketing, Trade|0 Comments

The International Trade Commission is the agency that evaluates and publishes data relative to trade impacts.  It is non-partisan and relied upon by other federal agencies as well as business sectors for “accurate information.”  CCM has been monitoring exports to China and Hong Kong since the trade dispute started in the Spring of 2018.  The [...]

1 08, 2019

Chinese Economy Impacted by Trade Dispute

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Economic reports from Washington D.C. indicate that the Administration’s aggressive approach to tackling trade injustices by China is impacting the Chinese economy and people.  Economic growth for the quarter ending June 30 was the lowest in 26 years.  In 2018, economists believed a strong China could withstand economic pressures for a significant period of time, [...]

1 08, 2019

Citrus Food Safety Workshop Aug. 6, 2019

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Events, Food Safety|0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council is hosting a food safety workshop on August 6, 2019, at the Visalia Convention Center.  The workshop includes an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and FDA regulations by United Fresh Produce Association’s Jennifer McEntire; good manufacturing practices by Steven Pao of CSU Fresno; packinghouse sanitation by Dr. [...]

1 08, 2019

Produce Safety Rule Update – CDFA Questionnaire for “Small Farms”

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing that starting next week, 8,000 “small” and “very small” produce farms throughout California are being mailed educational letters about their roles in upholding the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011 to help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks. Accompanying [...]