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Circle of Life Reception Returns and a new Capitol Roller Emerges

Circle of Life Reception Returns and a new Capitol Roller Emerges

Today marked our first Circle of Life reception since 2019, with a strong turnout to help celebrate the value of California Rice to our state. A major focal point was the value of rice fields for wildlife habitat; especially vital during drought. 

Highlights included:

  • Assembly Member Megan Dahle won the coveted Capitol Roller Competition for the best California Roll, beating out fellow Assembly Members Akilah Weber, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, James Gallagher, Senator Brian Jones as well as California Department of Water Resources Deputy Director Kris Tjernell. As he has for many years, Billy Ngo of Kru Restaurant provided expert guidance to the rollers. 
  • The Circle of Life Award went to the State Department of Water Resources, for their partnership in getting emergency water in Sacramento Valley rice fields to help sustain the Pacific Flyway wildlife migration.
  • More than 100 were on hand at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento, including Legislators, conservation representatives, media and industry members.
  • Brandi Cummings of KCRA 3 Reports served as emcee. Media coverage included the Associated Press, all Sacramento TV stations and Comstock’s Magazine.
  • Our two latest artists, Tyler Abshier and Jeff Myers, were recognized for their commissioned rice paintings, featured in many items including rice boxes. Our 2022 rice boxes were delivered to the Legislature yesterday.

We will continue to track media coverage of the reception. For any questions, please contact CRC Communications Managers Jim Morris at and Katie Cahill at

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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.