California table grape growers say 'yes' to continuing commission

03/07/2012 05:10:00 PM
The Grower Staff

California growers of table grapes have reaffirmed the Fresno-based Califorina Table Grape Commission for another five years.

Those are the results of a two-month long referendum conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculutre, according to a news release.

Just over 51 percent of growers eligible to vote, representing 81 percent of the state's fresh grape volume, voted.

Of those voting, more than 82 percent of the growers by number and 70 percent by volume voted to continue the state marketing order.

Among the commission's duties are research, trade management, issues management, education and outreach, and advertising.

This is the ninth time the commission has faced a referendum since it was established in 1968.

Marketing orders typically have to undergo a grower referendum and be reaffirmed every five years.



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