RAC/CRMB Weekly Update
To: All Members, Alternates, Packers, Staff, and Interested Industry Partners

Raisin Industry News and the Work of the Raisin Administrative Committee and the California Raisin Marketing Board, by Gary Schulz, President and General Manager

May 19, 2014
Deliveries To Handlers

For the period of May 4-10, 2014:
1,889 tons of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) raisins were delivered to handlers.
2,004 tons of all varietal types were delivered.
860 tons of all varietal types were delivered for the same period last year.
351,055 tons of NS raisins have been delivered for the year-to-date.
This compares to 297,502 tons of NS deliveries as of this date a year ago.
390,882 tons of all varietal types have been delivered ytd, compared to 331,173 tons in 2012-2013.
17,366 tons of the NS deliveries for 2013-14 crop year are organic.
798 tons of NS are held on memo storage.
2,477 tons of NS are held for reconditioning.

RAC reports may be found at www.raisins.org

April 2014 Shipments
The RAC April 2014 shipment report of Natural (sun-dried) Seedless (NS) Raisins shows that domestic shipments (including Canada) were 18,952 packed tons, compared to 16,318 tons in 2013 (+16%). Year-to-date domestic shipments are 147,411 packed tons compared to 140,248 tons at this time in 2013 (+5%).
NS export shipments (without Canada) for April 2014 were 13,120 packed tons, compared to 8,737 tons in 2013 (+50%). YTD export shipments are 105,962 packed tons, compared to 83,866 tons a year ago, an increase of 26%.
NS shipments to all destinations year-to-date are 253,373 packed tons, compared to 224,114 packed tons for last year (+13%).

*Historically a large volume of China exports are transshipped directly to Japan.

USDA/RAC Prevails In Horne Case
On May 9, the U. S. Ninth District Court of Appeals issued their ruling on the action of Marvin Horne et al versus the United States Department of Agriculture. The Court ruled, in conclusion, that:
While the Hornes’ impatience with a regulatory program they view to be out-dated and perhaps disadvantageous to smaller agricultural firms is understandable, the courts are not well-positioned to effect the change the Hornes seek, which is, at base, a restructuring of the way government regulates raisin production. The Constitution endows Congress, not the courts, with the authority to regulate the national economy. See United States v. Rock Royal Co-op, Inc., 307 U.S. 533, 572 (1939). Accordingly, it is to Congress and the Department of Agriculture to which the Hornes must address their complaints. The courts are not institutionally equipped to modify wholesale complex regulatory regimes such as this one.
Instead, our role is to answer the narrower question of whether the Marketing Order and its penalties work a physical per se taking. We hold they do not. There is a sufficient nexus between the means and ends of the Marketing Order. The structure of the reserve requirement is at least roughly proportional (and likely actually proportional) to Congress’s stated goal of ensuring an orderly domestic raisin market. We reach these conclusions informed by the Supreme Court’s acknowledgment that governmental regulation of personal property is more foreseeable, and thus less intrusive, than is the taking of real property. This, coupled with our observation that the Secretary has endeavored to preserve as much of the Hornes’ ownership of the raisins as possible, leads us to conclude the Marketing Order’s reserve requirements-and the provisions permitting the Secretary to penalize the Hornes for failing to comply with those requirements-do not constitute a taking under the Fifth Amendment.
Interested parties desiring the full 29-page ruling may do so by emailing gary@raisins.org

Viticulture Advisors, Fresno And Madera, Merced, Mariposa
As provided by the Fresno County Farm Bureau
The University of California Cooperative Extension Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is seeking two Viticulture Advisors: one in Fresno County and one Merced, Mariposa and Madera counties.
The selected applicants will be responsible for providing service to raisin, wine and table grape growers and allied industry in the United States’ largest grape-growing region, conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served, maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by providing science-based knowledge and skills independent of personal or parochial interests.
A minimum of a master’s degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in an agricultural science such as viticulture, soil science, plant physiology, or a horticulture-related major. Written, public speaking and interpersonal communication skills are required. Some research or extension experience is desirable.
For more information on the position in Madera, Mariposa and Merced counties, click here; for the position in Fresno County, click here.

Upcoming Industry Events

Ag Roundtable

Friday, May 30, 2014
Marie Callendar’s, Cedar & Shaw, Fresno

International Nut and Dried Fruit Congress
May 20-22, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
For Information www.nutfruit.org

RAC Delegation to Washington D.C.
June 1 -5, 2014

CRMB Tour of Bread Contest Winners
July 22-27, 2014

Fresno Food Expo
July 24, 2014
Fresno, CA
www.fresnofoodexpo.com

Gary Schulz, President and General Manager
Raisin Administrative Committee
559-225-0520
gary@raisins.org 
www.raisins.org