California Citrus Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
December 18, 2008 Page 4
MOTION: Mr. Kevin Severns moved to suspend maturity testing except for Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
for the current season, Mr. James Sherwood
ITEM 7: SUB-COMMITTEE REPORT ONSTANDARDIZATION CONTAINERS
Dr. Rabe distributed the sub-committee minutes and thanked Mr. Blakely, California Citrus Mutual (CCM), for having compiled the minutes. Dr. Rabe reported that those attending the subcommittee meeting were himself, Mr. Ron Matik, and Mr. James Sherwood, representing CDFA were Mr. Patton, and Dr. Ba, also attending were Mr. Jack Rutz, USDA/NASS, Mr. Bob Salcedo, California Citrus Growers Association (CCGA), and Mr. Blakely, CCM. Dr. Rabe distributed a table highlighting which entities report in different volumes as well as assess in different units. Dr. Rabe went on to explain the table of contents.
Dr. Rabe highlighted the two recommendations or suggestions that came out of the sub- committee meeting. First of all, a letter to industry saying how we wish to assess mandarins and tangelos. And, for the subcommittee to recommend to the industry that the assessment should be on 40 pound units, it is currently interpreted that mandarins and tangelos 25 are pounds. Dr. Ba stated that the committee could suggest to the standardization program as well as the industry that we assess everything at 40-pound equivalents as far as citrus is concerned.
The members continued discussions on the issues faced with standardizing the reporting unit and unit of assessment across the citrus industry.
Mr. Jensen stated that no one should have received any response from CDFA to convert anything other than bulk containers. Everything should be reported as the shipping container; a master container is the shipping container, and each should be assessed the same amount. The language for the assessment comes in under the Standardization law and covers all commodities including citrus. Mr. Jensen stated that a significant challenge would be trying to get background information so there is not a significant change in revenue.
The committee will write a draft letter to various organizations in the citrus industry for their feedback stating that for citrus industry assessment should be on a 40-pound units or metric conversion equivalent standard container with a date for them to respond. Dr. Rabe will have a draft letter ready for discussion at the next meeting.