April 2015

Relationships that matter

Relationships that matter

George Soares, a 40–year veteran of the State Capitol, is often heard to say that in Sacramento it is relationships that matter. Not party. Not assumed positions.

Certainly, the California rice industry has relationships with conservation organizations that most in agriculture envy. READ MORE

Rice Surface Water Monitoring underway

Rice Surface Water Monitoring underway

Both rice surface water monitoring programs start today. The sporadic start to the planting season had us considering whether to stagger the water monitoring. Our proposal would monitor the southern sites earlier in April, and then add the northern locations within the first two weeks of May. READ MORE

Rice Counties approved for Conditional Rice Straw Burning

Rice Counties approved for Conditional Rice Straw Burning

Luis Espino inspecting rice, Photo by Jared Gross

In accordance with the Conditional Rice Straw Burning Program, the Sacramento Valley Agricultural Commissioners must periodically assess the prevailing levels of rice diseases in order for the county air districts to continue considering approval of burn permits.  This process must take place every five years. READ MORE

Sacramento Valley Water Supplies for 2015

Sacramento Valley Water Supplies for 2015

By David Guy, Northern California Water Association President

Following months of discussions between water resources managers and state and federal agencies, water supply decisions are emerging for this year in the Sacramento Valley. READ MORE