We are very pleased to announce that Luke Matthews will be joining the environmental team at the California Rice Commission beginning next week. READ MORE
Please go to calricenews.org and complete the Farm Evaluation (FE) and Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) by March 1, 2019. You will report information from the 2018 crop year. This Rice Waste Discharge Requirements (Rice WDR) requirement has been in place for four years. READ MORE
Rice fields have no requirement for sediment and erosion control plans in the Sacramento Valley. Several farmers growing non-rice crops received notices to complete this year-end report under the Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR). The reporting requirement does not apply to rice. READ MORE
By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group
Capping a year-long process to reauthorize federal food and agriculture policy, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved a new, five-year farm bill with a vote of 369-47 following Senate approval on Tuesday. Pending the signature of President Trump, the legislation will become law. READ MORE
For his role stewarding several significant rice wildlife programs, California Rice Commission Environmental Affairs Manager Paul Buttner was honored at today’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego.
Buttner received the ninth annual Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, for shepherding many unique conservation programs and fostering strong partnerships that pay significant dividends for the industry.
A final update on weedy rice for the past season has just been released. Here’s a link to learn more from the University of California Cooperative Extension about the work done to combat this issue. READ MORE