Growers are facing a number of important deadlines on the new farm bill:
- February 27 – One-time Base Acre Reallocation and Yield Update
- March 31 – Elect ARC or PLC
- Mid-April – June 2015 ARC and PLC Sign Up
In the event that an election is not made, PLC will be assigned to the farm. READ MORE
The fourth year of drought will continue to pressure the amount of water available for farms in our region. In response, we continue our joint communications work with the Northern California Water Association to convey to Legislators, media and other key audiences the value of agriculture for our economy, environment and small towns. READ MORE
The annual schedule of grower meetings starts tomorrow with the first of several UC Cooperative Extension Winter Meetings. You can reference meeting information and other industry related schedules from the California Rice Calendar. The grower meetings hosted by the registrants start in February.
We will continue to update the industry calendar throughout the year with the most up to date information regarding future meetings.
The CRC’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) proposal was provisionally accepted by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) at a proposed funding level of $7 million. READ MORE
Increasingly we are seeing references to ‘high value crops’ and the highest and best use of water as agriculture as the media braces for another year with less water than demand. See our well thought response in Sunday’s Sacramento Bee. READ MORE
The CRC Summer Internship is an eight–week program designed to provide a practical understanding and hands on experience managing issues impacting production agriculture.The program is open to college juniors and seniors in agriculture, science, communications or management with a commitment to continue in the industry. READ MORE
The question of effectively promoting California rice is often raised as growers and marketers looking to extract maximum value from the market. The following is a look the question and the factors the California rice industry would need to consider if such an effort were undertaken. READ MORE