California Final Grape Crush Report
The 2016 crush totaled 4,227,110 tons, up 9.3 percent from the 2015 crush of 3,868,459 tons.  Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,278,593 tons, up 11.6 percent from 2015.  The 2016 white wine variety crush totaled 1,752,554 tons, up 5.3 percent from 2015.  Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 98,205, up 6.2 percent from 2015, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 97,759, up 38.3 percent from 2015.  
The 2016 average price of all varieties was $762.84, up 13.6 percent from 2015.  Average prices for the 2016 crop by type were as follows: red wine grapes, $918.34, up 16.3 percent from 2015; white wine grapes, $598.07, up 10.7 percent from 2015; raisin grapes, $213.64, down 13.7 percent; and table grapes, $153.05, down 39.4 percent 
In 2016, Chardonnay continued to account for the largest percentage of the total crush volume with 16.0 percent.  Cabernet Sauvignon accounted for the second leading percentage of crush with 13.4 percent.  Thompson Seedless, the leading raisin grape variety crushed for 2016, held 2.0 percent of the total crush.
District 13, (Madera, Fresno, Alpine, Mono, Inyo Counties; and Kings and Tulare Counties north of Nevada Avenue (Avenue 192)), had the largest share of the State‚Äôs crush, at 1,331,936 tons.  The average price per ton in District 13 was $301.85.
Grapes produced in District 4 (Napa County) received the highest average price of $4,685.58 per ton, up 7.8 percent from 2015.  District 3 (Sonoma and Marin counties) received the second highest return of $2,590.23, up 6.1 percent from 2015.  The 2016 Chardonnay price of $886.00 was up 12.4 percent from 2015, and the Cabernet Sauvignon price of $1,468.34 was up 11.5 percent from 2015.  The 2016 average price for Zinfandel was $604.52, up 5.1 percent from 2015, while the French Colombard average price was up 3.4 percent from 2015 at $260.82 per ton.
RMA Informational Memorandum
PM-17-016: Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Replacement of the Grid ID Locator, Decision Support Tool and Historical Indices

To accommodate the growth in the Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage (PRF) pilot program, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) has decided to manage and support the Grid ID Locator, Decision Support Tool, and Historical Indices (PRF Tools) internally. 

The current PRF Tools will be available until April 30, 2017.  The new RMA Grid ID Locator, Decision Support Tool, Historical Indices will be available at

2017 Almond Board of California Directors Election Results
The Almond Board of California has released election results for the Board of Directors positions whose terms of office are Mar. 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2018. The names of the following nominees have been sent to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for approval and appointment.
2018 Standard Reinsurance Agreement
RMA has published the 2018 Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA). 

The SRA is a cooperative financial assistance agreement between the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) and an insurance company. FCIC is a government corporation within USDA authorized to carry out programs of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. The Risk Management Agency acts on behalf of FCIC to administer all Federal crop insurance programs.  The SRA establishes the terms under which FCIC provides reinsurance and subsidies on eligible crop insurance contracts sold by the insurance company.
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