Advocating for the Almond Industry, Our Sustainability, Our Future

Nov. 19, 2019 – -A successful advocacy organization relies on teamwork and collaboration. It takes all of us working together to get to a good place for your business.  Each year we are dealt a new set of challenges and each year we face them with new strategies and tenacity.  While our industry is diverse, we are bound by the commitment to succeed, educate and prevail in this ever-changing political landscape.

The 2019 legislative session was one of the most bizarre and active we have seen in recent years. Our advocacy team worked diligently and tirelessly to defend the industry against bad legislation and promote logical and practical perspectives when implementing federal and state regulatory changes.

The Almond Alliance continues to advocate for and defend programs that help in the advancement of our industry.  The Advocacy report provides a summary of these bills for your information and review. There is so much more to report from the 2019 legislative session, so please explore the 2019 Advocacy Report for more details on the legislation, key policies and issues we worked on this year.

As always, we appreciate your support and invite you to contact us for any questions, comments or to discuss policy and legislation.

2019 Advocacy Report

Advocacy Video

Ag items of interest on Dec. 12 CA Air Board meeting in Sacramento

Nov. 14, 2019 – -There are two items of interest at the upcoming California Air Resources Board (CARB) Dec. 12 meeting  in Sacramento.  The Almond Alliance will be providing comments on both items.

  1. Consider Assembly Bill 617 Community Air Protection Program – Selection of 2019 Communities.  The CARB Board will consider selecting additional communities under the Community Air Protection Program. AB 617 requires CARB to annually consider selection of communities within which community air monitoring systems and/or community emissions reduction programs will be developed and implemented.  In September 2018, CARB’s Governing Board selected the first ten communities.
  2. CARB will consider the San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Equipment Incentive Measure. If adopted, CARB will submit the Valley Incentive Measure to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) required by the federal Clean Air Act because it is intended to reduce emissions of air pollutants in order to attain and maintain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards promulgated by U.S. EPA under the Clean Air Act.

The details of the meeting are below:

Date: December 12, 2019

Time: 9:00 am

Location:  California Environmental Protection Agency

California Air Resources Board

Byron Sher Auditorium

1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814

To find out more information about this meeting, Click Here.

Packaging Bill Proponents File Ballot Initiative: ‘California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act of 2020’

Nov. 14, 2019 – -On Nov. 4, 2019 a measure was filed known as the  “California Recycling and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act of 2020.” According to the proponents, “qualifying the initiative for the ballot is intended in part to get state lawmakers to do something in 2020 that they could not this year – pass a major bill designed to cut plastic pollution.” Below are the details of the filed ballot initiative, an outline of the process to qualify the initiative, as well as a summary of the initiative. The Almond Alliance was active in opposing this bill given the impacts to the California almond industry. Below is a summary of the measure:

– All product packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2030.

– Grants CalRecycle broad regulatory authority to:

  • Define the terms reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
  • Require source reduction to the maximum extent possible.
  • Establish recycled content mandates.
  • Eliminate the use of single use plastic products where alternatives exist.
  • Establish labeling and marketing requirements.

Prohibit the distribution of an expanded polystyrene food service container by a food vendor.

– CalRecycle shall also develop their regulations to ensure that waste is reduced from a 2020 baseline at the following rates/dates:

  • 20% by 2023
  • 40% by 2025
  • 80% by 2030

– Limited offramps for products or packages that CalRecycle determines cannot comply for health and safety reasons.
– CalRecycle shall establish by January 1, 2022, and a producer shall pay, a California Plastic Pollution Reduction Fee, not exceed ($0.01) per plastic product or component of packaging and used for the following:

Reducing the costs to local governments and ratepayers.

  • Reducing the cost to the state to achieve its recycling and composting goals.
  • Develop infrastructure.
  • Reducing organics.
  • Fund non-profits and education organizations.
  • At least 30% is dedicated to the Department of Fish and Game, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Coastal Conservancy, the Ocean Protection Council, and the California State Parks to restore, recover, and protect ecosystems.
  • CalRecycle shall not expend more than 5% of the revenue from the California Plastic Pollution Reduction Fee on administrative costs.
  • The fee cannot be visible to the consumer on a receipt or invoice.

To view the details of the filing and measure, Click Here.