8/01/2019 11:05 a.m.
ATTENTION RBA MEMBERS AND INDEPENDENTS:
Fellow Raisin Growers, RBA Members, and Independent Growers,
In 1966 a group of raisin growers banded together and created the Raisin Bargaining Association. These growers were tired of uncertainty in the raisin industry. They were tired of not knowing what price they would get for their crop, or if their crop would even be sold. In order to have a voice they joined together and formed the RBA. For the past 53 years the RBA and it’s concept has worked to set a crop value. Good years, bad years, and everything in between the RBA was able to help growers get a fair price for their crop.
If we are not careful, this year could be a huge step backwards for raisin growers. A giant step back in to the past where the small grower has no voice and no certainty on what you will receive for the hard work you put in throughout the year to produce and harvest your crop.
With endless rumors circling around and even requests to end your ties with the RBA in order to receive advancements or a home for your raisins, the time has come for our raisin growers to remain calm and stay united.
We ask Independent Growers to also stand with the RBA by either joining our membership or refusing to sign any contract that is out of the norm. When was the last time an independent grower received less than what the RBA negotiated for? We are asking for your help. RBA and Independent growers account for 60% of California raisin growers and together we have a powerful voice.
If ever there was a time to stay united and come together as one loud voice, this is the year. The RBA’s new slogan STRONGER TOGETHER has never rung more true.
E.G. Huter, III
RBA 2nd Vice President
7/17/2018 3:00 p.m.
R.A.C. Unclaimed Funds
The RAC has a list of growers who have unclaimed funds from the 2009 reserve. If you're on this list please contact the RAC immediately so payment arrangements can be made.
7/9/18 10:50 a.m.
USED BINS & FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE
RBA Member David Lehman has roughly 150 used bins for sale in addition to farm equipment. Anyone interested should call him directly at 559-349-4444.
4/20/2018 11:35 A.M.
AMERICAN VINEYARD MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
WINE GRAPE PURCHASES,RAISIN PRODUCTION, & SHIPMENTS
RBA Board Member Dwayne Cardoza
Dear RBA Growers,
If you have mealeybug and are planning to make raisins, farm advisors are recommending that you burn your used paper trays. By shredding your paper trays you may risk transferring the mealybug. The pest can be transferred by wind, trailer, and tractor tires to adjcent fields.
Dear RBA Members,
Your Board of Directors have brought back the popular “Membership Drive.” Anyone who signs a new Raisin Grower into the RBA, and they deliver to a RBA Signatory Packer will receive a ten dollar ($10.00) per ton award for the 2017/18 crop year. If you need “Membership Agreements,” call our office and we will mail them to you. (559-221-1925)