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Second Round of Major Amendment Ballots Out

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On July 3, CDFA mailed a second round of ballots to all growers and handlers who had not returned the first ballot for the CRC major amendment. Please take just a minute to vote and return your ballot by August 3, 2020. 

We need to hear from the industry regarding an increase in the assessment cap from the current 15 cents per hundredweight to 20 cents per hundredweight. The assessment will continue to be split between handlers and growers equally. 

If the minimum number of ballots are not returned, the vote is invalid and will have to be repeated. 

As discussed at grower meetings this winter, increased costs of regulation and fees associated with the Rice WDR along with normal operational costs escalation are driving the need to increase the assessment cap for the first time in nine years. Average planted acres over the last 10 years has also decreased. 

CRC leadership is committed to not immediately increasing the assessment to the full amount, but rather the assessment will be set as part of the annual budget process that looks at acreage, costs and reserve levels. 

If you have not received a ballot, contact Kacie Fritz at CDFA (916) 900-5095 or 

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State Grant Just the First Step

We appreciate the Governor’s California Small Agricultural Business Drought Relief Grant Program. This brand new program is a good first step to meet the needs of very small businesses impacted by the drought. This success was the result of great work with NCWA, CA Agricultural Aircraft Association, California Warehouse Association and others in agriculture. To address the needs of rice mills, dryers and larger suppliers, federal relief will be needed. 

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Rice Pesticides: Key Links and Updates

The links below include select pesticide updates in an effort to provide the information in an easily accessible way. Please remember, the pesticide label is the ultimate level of enforcement and the county permit conditions can supersede the label with more restrictive requirements. You will find permit conditions and the water hold table for Thiobencarb. County permit conditions have been changed to active ingredient rather than trade or product name. The products with combination formulations could have permit conditions apply to one, and not both, of the active ingredients. In this situation, the most stringent requirements must be followed. The EPA Reg. No. provides additional identification of the individual pesticide products on the Rice Pesticide Update Table.