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Here is what you missed at the CRC Grower Meeting

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

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