California's fresh grape farmers have voted to continue the work of the California Table Grape Commission for another five years. As part of a scheduled referendum, California's approximately 600 table grape growers have been voting for the past two months on whether to continue the table grape commission.
Over 53 percent of the growers eligible to vote representing 72 percent of the volume of fresh grapes voted. Of those voting, 81 percent of the growers representing 73 percent of the volume voted to continue funding the commission. Commission president Kathleen Nave noted that this is the seventh time the commission has been affirmed by referendum since 1968.
Dennis Parnagian, a table grape grower and shipper from Fowler and chairman of the commission, said the positive vote shows that the overwhelming majority of the state's table grape growers value the commission and know that the work it does is vital to the industry. “This commission is a leader in worldwide commodity promotion,” said Parnagian. “This vote is a clear sign that the state's table grape farmers understand just how important it is to have the commission working for them.”