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Large, enthusiastic turnout for today’s Circle of Life Reception

Large, enthusiastic turnout for today’s Circle of Life Reception

A strong turnout of 161 people attended this afternoon’s California Rice Circle of Life Reception, including 15 Legislators. Some of today’s highlights included:

  • The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation was honored with the Circle of Life Award for providing tens of millions of dollars for California’s environment.
  • Media coverage was excellent, including reporters and photographers from the Associated Press, KCRA 3 Reports, KFBK NewsTalk 1530, CBS 13-TV, Capitol Television News Service and Capitol Morning Report.
  • Gourmet sushi and other dishes featuring Sacramento Valley rice were extremely popular, as was the annual Capitol Roller Sushi Competition. Five Legislators rolled sushi, with Assembly Member Jim Cooper winning the coveted framed Samurai Sword. Here’s his reaction following the competition:

Today’s reception follows another important part of our outreach. Yesterday, our 2017 California Rice Boxes were delivered to State Capitol offices, and will soon be distributed to other key audiences. The box features original California Rice art from Bud Gordon.

We will continue to work to amplify the message in the Capitol Region of the importance of California Rice in our state.

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Hot weather brings on more Armyworm

Hot weather brings on more Armyworm

The armyworm has infested several fields more substantially and earlier than normal this year. Luis Espino used the degree day to predicted 5th instar armyworms would start showing up June 22. The heat from last week accelerated the armyworm growth in the field as reported in the UC Rice Blog.

We have been communicating with the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and they are relaying the information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). The best update we can provide is the Intrepid section 18 specific emergency exemption is in the process as a top priority with expedited review. We no longer have the option for a crisis exemption, since the last two years resulted in an unprecedented approval through that process.

The DPR staff have been incredible team players in their responsiveness and ability to develop the justification for significant economic loss from the limited yield loss data we provided from last year. In the interim, please consider alternative insecticides as we do not have a firm timeline on the Intrepid section 18. The armyworm feeds on the levee watergrass before moving to the rice in the field. Some are controlling the watergrass on the levee as an attempt to keep the fields clear of armyworm.

Armyworm returns in 2017

Armyworm returns in 2017

Armyworm has returned to rice fields earlier than normal this year. The Intrepid section 18 emergency exemption has been submitted for approval. However, we currently do not have a date when it will be available – or if it will be offered. The yield damage data we received to support the significant economic loss was minimal. Without the necessary data, we crafted an argument we anticipate will adequately justify the section 18. In the interim, the alternative insecticides are an option when the worm reaches treatment threshold levels. READ MORE

Thiobencarb exceedances continue for a second straight week

Thiobencarb exceedances continue for a second straight week

In just the third week of monitoring, there has been a second series of exceedances. The thiobencarb monitoring results show performance goal exceedances of 1.8 parts per billion at the two northern drain sites – Butte Slough and Colusa Basin Drain 5. On the same date, we had an exceedance of 2.7 parts per billion at one of the two additional sites monitored by the Department of Pesticide Regulation. READ MORE