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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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Online Continuing Education Available to License / Certificate Holders

The CRC is providing this information to our members and industry allies to assist with your license/certificate renewals. The Department of Pesticide Regulation has not modified the renewal deadlines for license/certificate holders required to renew by December 31, 2020. It is recommended you submit your renewal packet by November 1 to receive your license/certificate by January 1. The licenses/certificates holders renewing every two years such as the pest control adviser split the alphabet using the last names starting with A to L in 2020. The prohibition of in person events has increased the availability of online continuing education courses approved for all license/certificate types related to the rice industry. Several more courses will become available after the first of the year. In the interim, the CRC has compiled the following information to help you renew and maintain your license/certificate. For more information, contact CRC Industry Affairs Manager Roberta Firoved at rfiroved@calrice.org or (916) 206-5039. 

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