An estimated 50,000 people packed Capitol Mall for the third annual Farm to Fork Festival, a celebration of local agriculture and cuisine. The event provided us an excellent opportunity to have face-to-face dialogue about California Rice. READ MORE
The Sheraton New Orleans will be the location of this year’s USA Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show December 9-11. Hundreds will be on hand, including rice farmers, millers, merchants, and representatives of allied businesses from all rice-producing states and beyond. READ MORE
We thought you would appreciate the headline from the joint CRC and CA Farm Bureau Guest Editorial in today’s Bee, “A lot of water is essential to the food we all eat every day”.
Indeed it is. READ MORE
Faced with dwindling water supplies, California farmers face growing scrutiny about water use. Instead of a productive and factual discussion, some have narrowly focused on what crops might best fit our state based on criteria suits their argument. READ MORE
After discovering inconsistencies on the election information sent with the original ballots, the CRC and CDFA were prepared to conduct a re-ballot of District 1. This information was communicated to the industry several weeks ago.
Upon learning of this proposed action, Tracy Schohr, one of the candidates in District 1, suggested that the results of the election stand for the district, saving industry funds, time and confusion during harvest. The second candidate, Josh Sheppard, agreed. With this information, the CDFA has agreed to certify the results of the election in the district.
We greatly appreciate the leadership and selflessness from both candidates.
Following are the election results for District 1.
|District 1||Josh Sheppard – Member|
|Tracy Schohr – Alternate|
Handlers will now be asked to submit their appointments for the 2015/16 marketing year.
While we never know in advance when a pest problem may occur, there are preparatory steps that can be taken. Planning is essential if we experience another severe armyworm outbreak in 2016.
Dow AgroSciences provided authorization for the CRC to pursue the section 18 for Intrepid, an insect growth regulator specific to the Lepidoptera pests. Reports from the field verify Intrepid was effective.
Documentation from this year is necessary to justify the need for Intrepid in 2016. We must to provide the following:
- Yield loss information, total acres, damaged acreage and the county name.
- Verification the armyworm is present as treatment thresholds levels found in the UC IPM Guidelines for monitoring armyworm.
- Proof the alternative insecticides are ineffective.
Please provide the information to your Farm Advisor, or contact Roberta Firoved at the CRC office (916) 387-2264.
Ducks Unlimited and California Waterfowl have developed a document providing suggested steps to aid waterfowl. With the ongoing drought there are significant concern over the potential lack of fall decomp water, which provides habitat for millions of migrating ducks and geese. READ MORE
With all of the fire activity in California, we thought it would be timely to remind growers about a strong preference for “weed-free” straw for these erosion control markets. Many purchasers of straw for this market will be interested in knowing that they are buying straw that has been certified as weed-free. READ MORE