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28 Legislators and the US EPA in a Day and a Half

28 Legislators and the US EPA in a Day and a Half

Over twenty California rice industry members attended the USA Rice Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. last week. In addition to Federation meetings, we met with 28 members of the California Congressional Delegation.

Topics we covered included:

  • Update on the drought and impact on California Rice
  • Critical need for Sites Reservoir
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership

At the US EPA, we met the new Director of the Pesticide Reevaluation division and reviewed our public comments for the three rice pesticides: propanil, thiobencarb and Regiment currently in review. We discussed the critical fit of herbicides in California rice weed control. We also followed up on the Butte Herbicide registration.

California Rice hosted a reception for members, staff and the Administration on Capitol Hill, where we were able to highlight the industry’s great effort for winter flooded habitat and the innovative salmon restoration projects in the Sacramento Valley, in the face of the four-year drought.

We welcomed three new leaders Imran H. Khan, Brian Greathouse and Michael Bosworth for their first time on the Hill working rice issues.

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