We know not everyone could make it to the CRC grower meetings, so here are highlights of the key points from the presenters.
Louie Brown – State Politics
- The focus this year in the Legislature will be on water, labor and minimum wage.
- A small group of Kings County farmers are working to qualify a ballot initiative that will amend the constitution on water rights – likely impacting the North.
- The Legislature will be more stable as the final 1/3 of the Legislature is elected under new term limit rules that allow them to serve 12 years total in the Legislature.
Tyson Redpath – Federal Politics
- Farm prices across commodities are down with U.S.; cotton is out of position on a farm safety net.
- New farm bill discussions could emerge out of the global downturn in crop prices.
- Get ready for the Trump nomination on the Republican ticket.
Rick Neves – Crop Insurance
- Growers should meet soon with their crop insurance agents and review coverage levels. Don’t forget to review the options and know what they mean for your operation.
- Closing sales date for rice is February 28, 2016.
David Guy – CA Water
- There will be significant pressure on Shasta this year and an effort to reserve more cold water for salmon.
Tim Johnson – CRC
- Make sure you go to http://www.calricenews.org/category/wdr/ to enter your farm evaluation and nutrient management plan information for 2016.