Please read the instructions before starting the Rice Farm Evaluation. Before entering your permit number, look to the right of the screen at Downloads and Links. Farm Evaluation Web-based Template Instructions.
Completing a Farm Evaluation is a regulatory requirement between the grower and the Central Valley Water Board. Landowner acknowledgement, if not also a grower, is part of the requirement. Landowners who are not growers need the letter provided in Section 1 of the Farm Evaluation.
Rice Farm Evaluations are due by March 1. The Farm Evaluation can be submitted through the end of March for this year only.
Entering the Farm Evaluation requires the last seven digits of your permit number issued for pesticide use reporting. Do not enter dashes or spaces.
Section 1: Landowner notification is part of the compliance. You are provided a link to the Landowner Notification Letter. Both the grower and landowner need to be aware of the Rice Waste Discharge Requirements (Rice WDR) Order, so a link is also provided to the document.
Section 2: Field Evaluations specific to acreage and farm management practices. The acreage is only as correct as the information provided for your pesticide use permit. Small discrepancies are not uncommon and should not impact the outcome of the Farm Evaluation Summary Report. Ignore the yes/no question of whether rice was traditionally planted, but not in 2014. Please make certain the acres are correct, or close.
Note: There is no sign-up for the Rice WDR, and you are accountable for your acreage. You will not receive a fine if the acreage is not 100 percent correct. Your potential violation will be with the Central Valley Water Board for not completing a Farm Evaluation.
Farm Management Practices is where you take credit for anything that took place on the land, even if it was performed by a pesticide applicator. If you submitted a Farm Evaluation and did not take credit for all practices, just make certain to do it next year.
Section 3: Locations Water Leaving Property is where you either select from the drop down window, the monitoring site or type in the water body.
Section 4: Well Information Table requires all fields filled in. If not abandoned, then enter NA. This is well information only. The location is marked on the map in Section 5.
Section 5: Farm Map is any map of your choosing. You keep the map in your files.
Section 6: Farm Evaluation Summary, review, and data submittal provides you the opportunity to review before submitting. Please Review your acreage before clicking on Submit. Any red on the page needs to be addressed. Click on the red and it will take you to the screen to make corrections.
Your Farm Evaluation is not complete until you click on Submit. You will be able to print a completed copy for your files, or you can save the file on your computer.
You do not need to own a computer to complete the Rice Farm Evaluation. Your pesticides are reported electronically, so you may consider the same option for this survey. You need to verify the information is correct and sign the printed Farm Evaluation.