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California Fresh Fruit Association Standing Committees


Member participation drives the actions and/or policies of the California Fresh Fruit Association as all issues are vetted through one of seven standing committees and then referred to the Board of Directors for approval. CFFA policy/action occurs with the approval of the Board of Directs, which receives recommendations from the standing committee before reviewing an item. In making the Association a success, committees address concerns related to its area of expertise. The following are the seven standing committee names and descriptions:

 

Environmental Resources Committee

The Environmental Resources Committee is one of the most active committees, which is due to the tremendous regulatory oversight that exists in California on issues of responsibility to the committee. Some of the regular issues addressed by the committee include: regulation of pesticides, air quality restriction, pesticide registration, food safety, water regulations, and grant programs for environmental practices, related legislation and other environmentally related topics. Both federal and state regulatory oversight for these issues are handled by the committee.

For more information on this committee please contact: Marcy Martin, Director, Trade or Christopher Valadez, Director, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs


 Insurance and Financial Benefits Committee

The focus of the Insurance and Financial Benefits Committee is to monitor the California Fresh Fruit Association’s Group Property Insurance Program, crop insurance endorsements, workers compensation insurance endorsements and a group 401(k) program. The oversight includes: the creation of additional insurance programs that may prove beneficial for Association members.

For more information on this committee please contact: Sara Frauenheim, Director, Membership Programs and Services


Labor Committee

There are a myriad of regulations that employers must judiciously comply with at the federal and state levels and it is these areas that the Labor Committee handles. Frequent issues include: Agricultural Labor Board (ALRB) regulation, Industry Welfare Commission regulations, the migrant and seasonal Agricultural Workers Protection Act, federal and state OSHA regulations and employee training.

For more information on this committee please contact: Christopher Valadez, Director, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs


Marketing and Trade Committee

Market access and competitiveness at the domestic and international levels are of the utmost importance and the Marketing and Trade Committee focuses on issues that could affect this aspect of the membership’s operations. Recent efforts include: the Farm Bill, Mexico export program for stone fruit, proposed phytosanitary measures, Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA) regulation, marketing practices and foreign trade issues. The Marketing and Trade Committee also handles transportation issues such as Interstate Commerce Commission regulations, railroad operating practices, loading rules, and claim procedures.

For more information on this committee please contact: Marcy Martin, Director, Trade


Membership and Communications Committee

The Membership and Communications Committee handles any changes in membership status. Additionally, the committee explores membership opportunities and oversees the communication to current and prospective members about the value of membership.

For more information on this committee please contact: Ian LeMay, Director, Member Relations and Communications

 

California Fresh Fruit Association Standing Committees

Standards and Packaging Committee

The Standards & Packaging Committee oversees federal and state regulations that apply to fruit maturity and quality standards, packaging standards, product handling research and container research.

For more information on this committee please contact: Ian LeMay, Director, Member Relations and Communications


NAPPP Commodity Oversight Committee

This committee helps to serve growers, shippers and marketers of nectarines, apricots, peaches, plums and pluots (NAPPP). The NAPPP Commodity Oversight Committee will manage recommendations from three sub-committees:

  • Trade Facilitation: The Association continues to play a major role in market access and competiveness at the international level. This sub-committee focuses on efforts in opening up markets in other countries, as well as funding needs necessary for these efforts, and makes recommendations to the NAPPP Commodity Oversight Committee on how to move forward. This sub-committee is open to all members.

  • Research Oversight: The Association serves as the primary conduit between research funding requests and tree fruit growers and shippers. This sub-committee reviews and recommends to the NAPPP Oversight Committee next steps on research concepts proposed by either a researcher or CFFA member. This sub-committee is open to all members.

  • Major Assessment: The Association recognizes that industry communication is essential. This subcommittee allows the largest shippers and marketers of NAPPP commodities to have the forum to address concerns and identify needs with those NAPPP members paying major assessments to the Association. All recommendations and formal proposals from this sub-committee are sent to the NAPPP Commodity Oversight Committee for further consideration. Criteria for participation on this subcommittee will be based upon guidelines set by the Executive Committee.

    For more information on these committee and sub-committees, please contact Marcy Martin, Director, Trade 


Suppliers Committee

This Committee is unique because it is not a standing committee, but began when a group of Associate members pooled resources together to host an event for grower, shipper, marketer members at the Association's Annual Meeting. This Committee meets several times a year to plan and fundraise for the Suppliers Party, which occurs Monday evening during Annual Meeting. All Associate members are considered part of the Committee and are encouraged to participate. The Suppliers Party is only made possible by the generous contributions of Associate members who value the networking and one-on-one interaction the party provides with current and potential customers.

For more information on this committee, please contact Sara Frauenheim, Director, Membership Programs & Services