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241 Grape and Wine Economics Specialist


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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.



This position is critical to the future of our industry. We are in a dynamic and rapidly changing world, and this position takes an integrated approach that will better help us as growers and shippers to meet the multi-faceted challenges and threats that we constantly face. The integrated nature of this position would surpass other narrow functional support we get from various resources. I urge you to fund this position. A healthy, thriving, growing grape industry is critical to California's economy.
Posted May 8, 2012 4:27 PM by Jim Beagle
As a grower, packer & marketer of various California specialty crops, including grapes, stone fruit and citrus I wholeheartedly support this position. I am also a big supporter of the UCCE and the meaningful work it does to benefit the agricultural industry in California.

I urge you to please allow the position for a specialist to focus on the economics of grapes and wine issues to be created for the very reasons outlined in Mary Delany's document explaining the position description and very accurately, its justification.
Posted May 11, 2012 11:08 AM by Dennis Parnagian
Rabobank NA is one of the leading lenders to CA ag and agribusiness, and it is our goal to expand our services to this sector even more. It is my team's responsibility in our Food & Agribusiness Research Advisory Group to monitor fruits, vegetables, nuts in the US and other key CA ag sectors.

The CA wine and grape sector is the largest crop sector in CA ag. Hence, this sector is an important and large part of our portfolio Most of the expertise we rely upon in monitoring and researching wine and grape trends and issues is proprietary.

The proposed UC Cooperative Extension specialist for this sector would be nonpartisan and more accessible. Such expertise would augment the available research and analysis for wineries and grape growers, benefiting each industry participant and the competitiveness of the sector in the global market. I strongly encourage the UC Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UC Davis, to approve and fill the wine and grape extension economist position.

Vernon Crowder
Vice President and Agricultural Economist
Rabobank, N.A.
Posted May 15, 2012 3:01 PM by Vernon Crowder
California is the largest producer of raisins in the world. Each year a significant portion of Raisin variety grapes are crushed for white grape juice or wine. The dynamic interplay between Wine varieties and Raisin variety grapes has an enormous effect of the supply of California raisins, and its effect on world supply.
Sun-Maid is a farmer owned cooperative representing 750 raisin growers and their families, and we are celebrating our 100th anniversary this year. We participate in the California Raisin Marketing Board, Wine Institute (as we produce high-proof grape alcohol), National Grape and Wine Initiative, Raisin Administrative Committee.
We support the creation of this position because sound economic analysis will help the California raisin and grape industry make sound decisions in meeting and creating demand as annual and long-term shifts occur in California, nationally, and world-wide.
We ask that the position description clearly define the job to include analyzing world production and demand in each of the segments of grape, wine, raisin, and juice.
Sun-Maid supports the creation of this position so strongly that we are willing to pledge $10,000 per year for the first four years to help fund this position, as well as offering our assistance in making this position successful.
We would hope this position will be valuable in participating in state and national research projects which demand a multidisciplinary approach.
Lastly, Sun-Maid would welcome the opportunity to be added to the list of Clientele Groups for this position
Posted May 16, 2012 12:07 PM by Barry F. Kriebel, President, Sun-Maid Growers of California
This position fills a need evident in the UC system since the loss of Kirby Moulton. The economics of grapes and wine is a lively area of research, and the sector is a crucial part of the California agricultural economy. Economists at Berkeley as well as Davis look forward to the benefits of collaboration with a specialist in the area, in ways that will advance the interests of industry participants and the state as a whole.
Posted May 17, 2012 4:54 PM by Brian Wright, Chair, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley

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