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Rice Receives Commodity Specific Exemptions in State Wetlands Definition, Dredge and Fill Procedures. No changes to Crop Conversion

Rice Receives Commodity Specific Exemptions in State Wetlands Definition, Dredge and Fill Procedures. No changes to Crop Conversion

As a result of months of close work with the State Water Resources Control Board, rice (and wild rice) growers have received commodity specific exemptions in the newly adopted Wetlands Definition and Dredge and Fill Procedures. The language covers rice and wild rice production, and cultural practices associated with production, while designating rice fields as a water of the state. Importantly, rice fields have not been assigned a Wildlife Beneficial Use, or any other beneficial use designation, which would have had significantly impacted voluntary habitat practices undertaken by the industry.

In the approved regulation, cropping changes are allowed on prior converted cropland and wetlands that are, or have been, in rice or wild rice production within the last five years and have not been abandoned due to five consecutive years of non-use in rice production. This provision is of great concern to the environmental interests, and it is expected that the issue of crop conversion may be taken up in future review and updates of the regulation.

The CRC will work with our legal counsel to provide additional information about conversion of croplands under current state and federal regulations.

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CRC Board Elections Underway  – Nominations Due July 14

CRC Board Elections Underway – Nominations Due July 14

Rice growers will be receiving nominations forms for available CRC Board of Director seats mid-June. Please take a minute to nominate eligible growers to represent your district. 

This year there are 18 eligible board seats, that have been allocated to each of the five districts based on 2020 planted acres. Open seats by district are indicated in the following table: 

2021/22 CRC Board
Available Seats for Election

Total Seats Avail Seat
Member Alt Member Alt
Dist 1 3 3 1 2
Dist 2 4 4 1 3
Dist 3 3 3 1 2
Dist 4 5 5 1 1
Dist 5 3 3 0 0

Note: Includes filling current vacant member/alternate seats

Ballots, based on nominations received, will be mailed July 30. 

Contact Tim Johnson at 916-387-2264 or tjohnson@calrice.org with questions about the election. 

Lambda-cyhalothrin to be extensively monitored in Rice this year

Lambda-cyhalothrin to be extensively monitored in Rice this year

We start monitoring Lambda-cyhalothrin (Warrior, Lambda-cy, Silencer, etc.) in the water column plus sediment sampling this year. The sampling takes place at the drain sites we use for thiobencarb monitoring. This will be our first experience with compliance to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements. The TMDL is a forever monitoring program and we anticipate positive results leading to future modifications. We have never had an issue with our long history monitoring the pyrethroid insecticides. However, we have no ability to correlate the past results with the newer and much lower analytical methods.

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