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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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Rice Industry Calendar a key resource during meeting season

We are nearing one of the busiest times of the year for industry meetings. Our industry calendar provides a helpful, single location to keep up to date.

The calendar is updated with CRC Committee and Board Meetings, the USA Rice Outlook Conference, University of California Cooperative Extension Annual Meetings and other important events.

If you have a significant event of interest to the entire industry, here is a link to submit information for the calendar.

Help Minimize Mosquitoes during Fall Flooding

Help Minimize Mosquitoes during Fall Flooding

It’s that time of year again when we are thinking about getting water out on the fields for waterbird habitat and rice straw decomposition. While growers are out placing boards in fields and turning screw gates, they should also be thinking about mosquito control.

Probably the most important thing growers can do is contact their mosquito districts to let them know when and where they plan to apply winter water. This will enable the mosquito district field technicians to come out and monitor these freshly watered fields and be prepared to address any mosquito control issues early on. READ MORE

Rice Leadership Group gets firsthand look at California Rice

Rice Leadership Group gets firsthand look at California Rice

A full-day Rice Commission briefing and an up-close look at harvest were part of this week’s California visit for the 2016 Class of the Rice Leadership Development Program.

The class itinerary this week also includes several mill and farm visits, a tour of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District Pumping Facility and other stops.

Imran H. Khan and Michael Bosworth are California’s representatives in this class.

The Rice Leadership Development Program is sponsored by John Deere Company, RiceTec Inc. and American Commodity Company through The Rice Foundation and is managed by USA Rice.

Meanwhile, the October 7 deadline is rapidly approaching to apply for the 2018 Rice Leadership Development Program. Here’s a link to additional information and to apply.