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Major Amendment Increasing CRC Assessment Cap Coming June 4 – Please Vote!

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CDFA will send ballots June 4 to all producers and all handlers, asking the industry to vote on an increase in the assessment cap from $0.15 per hundredweight to $0.20 per hundredweight. The increase in the assessment cap is expected to provide up to nine years of operations for the Commission while continuing the Rice WDR and other regulatory compliance programs. The assessment rate will be set annually based on planted acres, increased costs and reserve levels. 

In order to pass, the major amendment at least 40 percent of the California rice handlers on record and 40 percent of the California rice producers on record must cast valid ballots, and one of the following must occur for both handlers and producers:

  1. At least 65 percent of the eligible entities who vote in the referendum must vote in favor of the proposal, and they must represent the majority of the total voted quantity of the commodity produced/handled in the preceding marketing season, OR
  2. The majority of the eligible entities who vote in the referendum must vote in favor of the proposal, and they must represent at least 65 percent of the total voted quantity of the commodity produced/handled in the preceding marketing season.

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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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