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CHP Rice Equipment Transport Issues

CHP Rice Equipment Transport Issues

Several weeks ago, contract haulers of farm equipment in the Sacramento Valley reported enforcement actions when moving combines. At issue was the interpretation of the vehicle code that allows farmers to haul their own equipment without a permit but not contract haulers. Shortly thereafter, the movement of stompers was impacted due to their oversized width. CHP indicated that a CHP escort was needed to move the equipment. Booking an escort is about two weeks out and comes at a cost of $1,500.

We immediately engaged Louie Brown with Kahn, Soares & Conway, who worked on the same issues in the San Joaquin Valley several years ago. He has contacted the Governor’s office, Caltrans and is now in contact with the CHP Commissioner’s office. Our focus is allowing equipment movement this year and then fix the vehicle code next year or understand needed modifications to stompers.  

Currently, combine movement can be addressed with a permit. We are working on additional methods of compliance and should have more to report next week. 

Stomper movement is a more difficult issue. We have a number of calls out and will continue to press the need to find a reasonable path forward to get through this season. Our goal is to have additional information on stomper movement next week. 

As in the San Joaquin Valley, new staff and leadership at CHP does not have the institutional memory of past discussions and agreement on moving our highly specialized equipment. We are working to provide that background as they implement their current interpretation of the law. 

For more information, please contact CRC CEO Tim Johnson at tjohnson@calrice.org or (916) 704-6556.

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CRC Board Nominations Underway

The CRC has a number of seats up for election for a three-year term on the board. Check your mailbox for the open seats and nomination form. You can nominate yourself or someone you believe would make a great board member. Forms are due back by July 15th

Didn’t receive a nomination form? Call 916-387-2264 and we will get one out to you.

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13District 3: Glenn and Tehama counties, and counties north thereof
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NCWA’s Updated Water Year Outlook & Impacts

NCWA’s Updated Water Year Outlook & Impacts

The Northern California Water Association has released the most updated water year outlook, which includes a newly released economic impact report centered on Sacramento Valley rice country.

The study by the University of California, Davis details economic income losses to all crops in the region, with the rice industry facing more than $703 million in drought-related impacts, mainly to rice mills, dryers and suppliers.

This latest water year update also details urban conservation requirements and current groundwater levels.

Click here to view the full report.