May 2016

Thiobencarb exceedance triggers additional monitoring – continued use of the material in jeopardy

An exceedance of thiobencarb at the CBD5 site located in the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge of 1.9 µg/L on May 17 has triggered additional monitoring requirements under the Rice Pesticides Program.

On Tuesday, the CRC will monitor Willow Creek at Road 61 in Glenn County and Road 68 & Logan Creek also in Glenn County. In addition, we will evaluate appropriate sites for monitoring later in the week. READ MORE

CRC Grower Nominations coming soon

In mid-June, growers in each of the five CRC districts will have the opportunity to provide nominations for the open board seats. All nomination forms must be received by July 15.

The number of Board seats for each district is matched against the number of handlers interested in serving on the Commission and the relative percentage of acres grown in each district.

It is not to early to be thinking about serving on the CRC board or approaching others in the industry you think would be interested. These calculations and the number of board and alternate seats available will be sent with the nomination forms.

If you have questions, please contact Tim Johnson at (916) 387-2264 or tjohnson@calrice.org.

Water Board announces on-farm site visits

Water Board announces on-farm site visits

Coalitions representing crops other than rice have been notified of on-farm inspections by the Central Valley Water Board staff. The initial focus is in Amador, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo Counties and will eventually include all counties in the Sacramento River Basin. Rice growers farming other crops could receive inspections due to their sign-up with the Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition through one of the sub-watershed groups. READ MORE

California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation Website goes Live

California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation Website goes Live

Today, our new industry-led 501c3 conservation organization, called the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation, went live on the Internet.  This now opens the door for other donors to make tax-deductible contributions towards waterbird conservation projects in rice.  This also marks the point at which we will begin actively marketing such funding opportunities to large foundations, corporations and the general public. READ MORE

Make sure to enroll in PLC or ARC – August 1 Deadline

With rice prices heading for levels not considered even six months ago, growers should once again make sure they enroll in either the PLC or ARC programs as they apply to their farms.  If prices end the year in the $14 – $16 range, both PLC and ARC will likely generate payments.

Producers have until August 1, 2016 to sign up by executing either the CCC-861 (PLC and ARC-CO) or CCC-862 (ARC-I) contracts.  In addition, forms have to be completed to identify the producer (CCC-901), verify that the producer is “actively engaged in farming” (CCC-902) and does not exceed the AGI limitation of $900,000 (CCC-941).  Also of note, payment limits have changed and are now $125,000 per “person” versus the previous $40,000 limit.  Husbands and wives rules, however, remain unchanged.

Starting in 2016 the rules governing “actively engaged in farming” have changed so it is important to review your operations to make sure they are in compliance and properly structured.

 

A new Decision Tool with modified (lower) prices developed by Tim Kelleher has been updated on the website. We encourage growers to utilize this resource.

Rolling out Round Two of RCPP for Ricelands Waterbird Habitat Projects

Rolling out Round Two of RCPP for Ricelands Waterbird Habitat Projects

Building upon our initial efforts in 2015, the CRC and its partners are now moving forward with the implementation of the second year of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  This new program, which continues many of the practices in the Waterbird Habitat Enhancement Program (WHEP), was made possible by a multi-year $7 million grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)READ MORE

Herbicide resistance testing

Herbicide resistance testing

How many times do you hear that none of the herbicide options work in controlling weeds? We often hear that nothing works, which is frustrating when options are limited. Documenting resistance can be challenging, leaving a grower to believe the available herbicides are less effective. Tools are now available to identify resistance. READ MORE