The following regulations were adopted by the Office of Administrative Law pertaining to weedy rice. These are the same emergency regulations that applied to the rice industry last year and are now finalized.
Equipment which has been used for planting, harvesting, drying and milling that enters California from a state that produces rice shall be subject to inspection for weedy rice by the county agricultural commissioner in the destination county prior to use.
- Farm saved seed shall not be sold as seed to any other producer, person or entity.
- Producers may plant farm saved seed solely for the production of rice to be milled or processed through December 31, 2018.
- Producers may use certified seed or seed from a third-party quality assurance program approved by the Certification Committee, or seed from a program approved by the Certification Committee, through December 31, 2018.
- Producers may only use seed that has been enrolled in a certification program by an Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) member or is subject to a third-party quality assurance program approved by the Certification Committee beginning January 1, 2019.
Effective August 1, 2019, handlers shall require producer verification of planting certified seed or seed enrolled in a third-party quality assurance program approved by the Certification Committee.
We also remind growers that the Rice Experiment Station requires all of their varieties to be enrolled in the California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA) Certification Program; farm saved seed may not be used.