CDFA has accepted an emergency regulation advanced by the California Rice Certification Act Board to combat the spread of weedy red rice in California. The regulation is expected to be adopted by March 6, 2017 and be in place for this planting season.
There are four main elements of the regulation:
- Requirement that used equipment brought into California from a state that has red rice be inspected by a county agricultural commissioner prior to use in the field beginning in 2017
- Stops sale of grade or farm saved seed in 2017.
- Requirement that a class of certified seed (or seed that has gone through a third-party quality assurance program) be planted for all production beginning in 2019
- Handlers will require growers to provide proof of planting certified seed (or seed that has gone through a third-party quality assurance program) for all paddy rice received by 2019
If you have questions about the regulation you may contact Tim Johnson at the CRC or CDFA directly to:
Amy Uber, Senior Agricultural Economist,
Department of Food and Agriculture, Marketing Branch
1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone (916) 900-5176, E-mail: email@example.com
In addition, here are some helpful comments on weedy rice from grower Josh Sheppard in Butte County:
Photos courtesy of Timothy Blank