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Major Amendment Q&A – Volume Reporting

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Several industry members have asked why 2019 production volume needs to be reported on the Major Amendment Ballot. Others have asked if the information is made public. Here are answers to these two important questions.

Volume Reporting – in order for the major amendment to pass, two thresholds need to apply: 

  • First, 40 percent of the eligible growers and handlers must cast a ballot. 
  • Second, a supermajority requirement that the vote pass by 65 percent ‘yes’ representing 50 percent of the commodity produced. This requirement can also be met by a 50 percent ‘yes’ vote representing 65 percent of the commodity produced. 

In either case, growers must report the volume they produced in order to determine if the supermajority requirements are met.

Volume is confidential – all ballots are sent to CDFA, who maintains the confidentiality of the vote and reported volume. Neither the CRC or the public is provided this information. 

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Winter Rice Meetings will go Virtual This Year

Due to COVID-19, many of the winter meetings for the rice industry will be held virtually this year.

Our Industry Calendar is a good resource for these meetings. Currently, the scheduled meetings include Corteva Virtual Rice Herbicide Seminars on February 3 and 10, and the University of California Cooperative Extension February 11. Please note, the UCCE Rice event requires advance registration and a $10 fee. More information and links to these events are available at our calendar section. 

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