Secretary Perdue Announces New RMA Administrator
Secretary Perdue announced Martin Barbre as the new RMA Administrator. Mr. Barbre owns and operates Chestin Farms and grows 6,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum, and alfalfa, as well as specialty crops. He is a past president of the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board and a member of the Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA), having served on the board of directors from 1995 to 2006. Barbre served as vice president of the ICGA in 2003 and president in 2004. He graduated from Southeastern Illinois College in 1974 with a degree in Ag Business.

"Our new USDA team members will be key in advancing us toward that goal,” Secretary Perdue said. “Improving economic conditions in rural America involves providing services to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers, and it also means helping people who live in those communities. In addition, we must continually try to find new markets for the agricultural bounty they produce. Our new leaders in FAS, RHS, and RMA will help us carry out our mission.”
RMA Davis, CA RO Announces New Senior RM Specialist Laura Hernandez
The Davis Regional Office announced the selection of Laura Hernandez as its new Senior Risk Management Specialist.  Laura is assuming the position recently vacated by Jim Otto’s retirement. Jim’s shoes will be hard to fill, as he was one of the most respected Senior Specialists in RMA, but we are confident Laura will excel as a Senior Specialist as she brings additional qualities to the office that are appreciated by all.

Laura started with RMA in 2012 as a Risk Management Specialist, and was previously employed by the Farm Service Agency and UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Laura started her career working for a seed company in Davis as a research technician.  She has remarked that her favorite facet of her stints with FSA was that she got to work with farmers and ranchers.  Laura grew up in Dixon and received her degree from UC Davis.
CA DWR Delivery Capability Report and Studies 2017
The final State Water Project Delivery Capability Report 2017 has been released. This report updates estimates of the current (2017) State Water Project delivery capability and incorporates all current regulatory requirements for SWP and CVP operations, including the biological opinions issued by the USFWS and the NMFS.
2017 California Grape Acreage Report Summary
California’s 2017 grape acreage totaled 880,000 acres. Of the total grape acreage, 829,000 were bearing while 51,000 were non-bearing. The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 599,000 acres. Of the total acres, 560,000 were bearing and 39,000 were non-bearing. Table-type grape acreage totaled 121,000 acres with 111,000 bearing and 10,000 non-bearing. Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 160,000 acres, of which 158,000 were bearing and 2,000 were non-bearing.

The leading wine-type varieties continued to be Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Flame Seedless was the leading table-type grape variety. Thompson Seedless continued to be the leading raisin-type variety and was utilized for raisins, fresh market, concentrate, and wine.

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