Industry News

Farm Equipment Movement – Update

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Working with haulers and stomper operators, we have identified a path forward for the movement of combines and stompers for this year through additional permitting and documentation of business structure. 

At issue was the CHP’s interpretation that a contract hauler did not meet definition of a farmer for the movement of their own equipment. This new interpretation appears to have stemmed from the new definitions of employees and contractors under AB-5, passed last year by the Legislature. 

Farmers and their employees can still move their own equipment with no changes. 

We are already working with members of the Legislature to craft a fix to the vehicle code that will clearly allow contract hauling of farm equipment next year. 

Thanks to Radco Trucking and Caswell Farms for engaging on this issue and providing essential information. 

Please contact CRC President & CEO Tim Johnson at 916-704-6556 or tjohnson@calrice.org with questions or additional support on this issue. 

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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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