|Fresno County Raisin grower gets the job done.|
Raisin Harvest Continues Under Perfect Conditons
Fresno County raisin grower
Joel Mendoza picks up his crop in the typical cigarette roll and puts them in
the box. It’s the important step of getting the dried grapes out of the field
and into more a more protective area.
Raisin growers are still patiently
waiting for a 2013 price to be called.
The Raisin Bargaining Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to
support another season free from volume regulation managed by the Raisin
Administrative Committee. This would be the 4th consecutive
season of 100% free tonnage for the industry.
The Board of Directors recognizes the changes occurring in California
agriculture and is confident the vast majority of the raisin industry is
supportive of this concept and prepared to make the necessary adjustments to
accommodate this marketing policy.
The Board of Directors also made it very clear that the Association has
been in preliminary discussions with signatory packers but no offers have been
put on the table.
Any prices being mentioned at this point in time are simply speculation.
The field price for Natural Seedless raisins is $1,900 per ton. The Board
is preparing to negotiate for the new raisin crop on that basis.
While price is the critical element in the negotiations, terms and
conditions will be very important as RBA must continue to work with our
processors to make certain financing remains viable for the increased value of
Payment terms will be an important area of negotiation as we must be
prepared to take the necessary steps to protect the $590 million farm gate
revenue that has been established this past year.
Finally, members need to be prepared for a 2013 field price agreement that
may be announced later than the past few seasons. There will be an
adequate inventory as of August 1st to meet sales requirements
through October which may influence our ability to reach any agreement.
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