The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced ARC/PLC program sign-up begins November 1. In the attached announcement made by FSA Administrator Val Docini, the agency said farmers can visit their local FSA offices to enroll and sign contracts for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will last until August 1, 2017.
November 4 is the deadline to get your hotel room for this year’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.
We are pleased to announce the next phase of the BirdReturns conservation program. The goal of this next effort will be to provide additional valuable flooded waterbird habitat next spring. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in close coordination with CRC, will begin the application process for interested growers this November. READ MORE
The recent rainstorms have prompted the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to immediately lift Term 91 curtailments. This decision should be helpful for straw decomposition and wildlife habitat, as it allows water diversions to shallow flood rice fields.
The SWRCB has the authority to re-establish Term 91 curtailments at any time if dry conditions persist. We will keep you posted if there are changes to diversions moving forward.
Continuing our five-year partnership, radio hosts Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty ventured to the Natomas area today to get an up close look at this year’s harvest. They visited with grower Tom McClellan.
New figures from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provide encouraging second-year enrollment into the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). READ MORE
CRC has supported Audubon California in its efforts to better understand the impact of mosquito control and farmers’ ability to help birds
Audubon welcomes growers to login and participate in this important survey. It will only be available through this Thursday, October 6. Please revisit our previous post with all the information you need to do this five to fifteen minute survey.