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. READ MORE
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. READ MORE
This Saturday marks the fourth annual Farm to Fork Festival on Capitol Mall in Sacramento, a free event running from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The entire CRC staff will operate a California Rice Booth near the corner of 5th and Capitol, close to the harvester. We will have a large monitor debuting drone footage of this year’s harvest, as well as our latest infographics and publications that provide important information to consumers such as our economic and environmental benefits. We will also be providing eco-friendly rice bags and recipe cards. In addition, we look forward to face-to-face dialogue with consumers about our crop.
Another important opportunity is the California Rice demonstration from noon to 12:45 p.m. We are fortunate to have Chef/Owner Craig Takehara of Binchoyaki Restaurant prepare two California Rice dishes. ABC 10 personality Mark S. Allen is scheduled to emcee the demonstration.
Last year’s Farm to Fork Festival attracted an estimated 75,000 people.
Growers and handlers should be aware that industry-sponsored regulations go into effect this month that will limit the use of farm-saved seed in 2018. These regulations were requested to help prevent the spread of Weedy Rice now found in the state. READ MORE
Registration for this year’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio is now open. This year’s conference will be held from December 10-12. USA Rice has expanded their breakout session this year to include other segments of the industry. They have also redesigned the trade show floor. The keynote speaker is Mark McKinnon, chief media strategist to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns. READ MORE