July 2017

NRCS working through many RCPP Applications

NRCS working through many RCPP Applications

Now that the third application period for our Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is closed, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is working hard to process all of the paperwork and notify applicants about their approval decisions. READ MORE

Weedy Rice Field Meetings to be held next week

Weedy Rice Field Meetings to be held next week

UCCE Rice Advisors will be at two weedy rice locations in the valley next week, to show growers, PCAs and other interested parties how to identify weedy rice before harvest.

The meetings will be next Tuesday, August 1, in Maxwell and Wednesday, August 2, in Nicolaus. Both are from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Stop by at either of these locations to look at samples and fields, which takes about 20-minutes. READ MORE

2017/18 Producer Election Ballots mailed

Ballots for the Producer Election for the upcoming fiscal year will be mailed out at the end of July.  In order to be counted, your completed ballot must be postmarked on the pre-printed return envelope no later than Friday, August 11, 2017.  The results will take at least two weeks to be finalized by the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Once the results have been provided to the California Rice Commission, we will contact the winners and post the results on CalRiceNews.org.

Agreement signed to allow market access for U.S. Rice to China

Agreement signed to allow market access for U.S. Rice to China

Culminating years of effort, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and China’s Vice Premier Wang Yang have signed a phytosanitary protocol that will permit U.S rice imports to China.

China is the world’s largest importer and consumer of rice, eating the equivalent of the entire U.S. rice crop in just under two weeks. This market is expected to include export opportunities for California Rice.  READ MORE

Final Reminder to comply with Water Quality Reporting Requirements

Final Reminder to comply with Water Quality Reporting Requirements

Several of you will receive one final letter as a reminder to comply with the Rice Waste Discharge Requirements (Rice WDR) reporting requirement for Farm Evaluations and Nitrogen Management Plans. The WDR reporting requirements apply to all agricultural crops in the Central Valley. The reporting was due on March 1. We have kept the database open to assist you in fulfilling this regulatory requirement. We need to start the database management for next year, so will close the website on August 31, 2017. READ MORE