August 2016

Audubon leads survey effort on impacts of Mosquito Control and Bird Habitat

Audubon leads survey effort on impacts of Mosquito Control and Bird Habitat

Audubon is leading an important survey effort to better understand the linkages between mosquito control requirements and farmers’ ability to provide quality bird habitat on their lands.   Flooded agricultural fields and wetlands in California’s Central Valley are hugely important for migratory birds.  They are trying to understand potential obstacles to intentional flooding in the Central Valley, including mosquito control. You have an important and critical perspective as a rice grower. READ MORE

Statewide Survey for California Farmers and Ranchers

We appreciate your consideration to help with a statewide electronic survey to determine farmer and rancher participation in sustainability practices and their views on conservation initiatives in the state.

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts and K-Coe Isom have joined on this project. The survey is 40 questions and takes about 15-minutes to participate.

Here’s a link to take the survey.

Surveyors say the results will assist in supportive programs for agriculture in the future.

Internship provides tremendous dividends

Internship provides tremendous dividends

Eight weeks sure flies by! Not only was each week of my internship at the California Rice Commission (CRC) filled with many activities, I was challenged to maximize my learning every day.  Now, much gratitude and happiness fill my heart. This internship experience has truly changed my life.

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National RCPP enrollment deadline rapidly approaching

National RCPP enrollment deadline rapidly approaching

This Friday, August 19, is the deadline to apply for a unique opportunity from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), which focuses on water efficiency projects.  This program is being led by Ducks Unlimited and is separate and distinct from the RCPP project that CRC is leading on waterbird habitat.

Here’s a link to additional information on the National RCPP.

Sharing the California Rice story with the Japanese

Sharing the California Rice story with the Japanese

Four Japanese businessmen requested an introduction to California rice. They were in for a great experience. I was too. I learned how international relations with foreign buyers is very important in the California Rice industry. With about 50 percent of California Rice exported, good relationships are necessary. Many potential buyers and interest groups from around the world request tours from the California Rice Commission (CRC) to meet growers and marketers and to increase their understanding of California Rice. READ MORE

Rice WDR Database to close this Friday

The online database for completing your Farm Evaluation and the Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) will close this Friday, August 12, six months later than the original deadline. Please note that the Central Valley Water Board (CVWB) is pursuing heavy fines in other areas where growers have not complied. READ MORE

Armstrong & Getty: In for a treat 

Armstrong & Getty: In for a treat 

After seeing pictures, listening to radio sound bites, and being  “prepped” for the interview, I had the pleasure of meeting Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty…in a rice field. Coming from a small town, I’ve never met nationally famous broadcasters. I was intimidated and nervous. To my relief, their integrity, talent, and down-to-earth attitude pleasantly surprised me during the California Rice social media shoot. They showed genuine respect and care for their partnership with California Rice. READ MORE