Please remember to complete the Farm Evaluation (FE) and Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) by March 1. You will find the tool for reporting at calricenews.org. Click on WDR and then proceed by clicking on Start an Evaluation. You need the last seven digits of your pesticide permit number from the county agricultural commissioner’s office to proceed with your evaluation. The FE and the NMP are regulatory requirements through the Central Valley Water Board. Implementation is under the rice specific Waste Discharge Requirements (Rice WDR). READ MORE
Don’t be confused about a ballot initiative titled: High-Speed Rail. No Issuance or Sale of Future Bonds. Suspension of Project. Initiative Statute. On its face, it appears that bond funds for high-speed rail would be redirected to build more water storage. Underneath the surface it rewrites water rights. READ MORE
After years of discussion and much work by USA Rice, a phytosanitary protocol has been reached that will permit U.S. rice imports to China. READ MORE
Learn the latest about issues critical to California Rice in our annual grower meetings this Thursday in Yuba City and Colusa.
The Yuba City meeting will be held at the Bonanza Inn Event Center, with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. The afternoon meeting will be at the Colusa Casino Resort Conference Center with 12:30 p.m. registration and the meeting from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. READ MORE
The Rice Waste Discharge Requirements (Rice WDR) Farm Evaluation (FE) and Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) are now live on the CalRiceNews.org Website. Both the FE and NMP must be completed by 1 March. READ MORE
This can be one of the busiest times of the year, with a plethora of industry meetings scheduled. Our industry calendar is a helpful, single location for you to stay up to date.
This calendar is continually updated to include CRC Committee meetings, USA Rice meetings and other important events. We have recently added upcoming events include the UCCE Meetings, Herbicide seminars and other meetings throughout winter.
If you have a significant event of interest to the entire industry, there is a place on the page to submit information for the calendar.
You should soon receive our 2015 Annual Report, which reviews the events of the past year and looks ahead to future challenges for our industry.
The report is entitled Enduring the Drought, as this prolonged dry spell provided immense challenges to our industry. It chronicles our work in critical areas including preserving water rights, regulation, conservation, state and federal issues and ensuring that the public understands the value of rice to our economy and the Pacific Flyway. READ MORE
Innovative and collaborative work by many in the Sacramento Valley provided a tremendous boost to area waterbirds this winter. Our work with NCWA, Ducks Unlimited and other conservation partners, area water districts as well as state and federal agencies provided more than 200,000 shallow-flooded acres for wildlife – a huge boost over earlier drought-shortened projections. READ MORE