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CRC Teams Up to Address Indirect Drought Impacts on our Communities

CRC Teams Up to Address Indirect Drought Impacts on our Communities

Working with NCWA, the California Warehouse Association, the California Ag Aircraft Association and the Western Plant Health Association, the California Rice Commission is actively pursuing relief for our employees, mills, dryers, applicators and suppliers to offset an estimated $250 million in indirect losses as a result of the drought.

This third year of drought will bring impacts to the Sacramento Valley unlike any we have seen before. Farm land will be idled, jobs lost and businesses will struggle. Our mills and dryers will handle far less rice. Ag aviation companies will ground planes. Valley-wide, NCWA estimates nearly one billion dollars of impacts will be realized for agriculture across the region. 

The five organizations, working together at the state and federal level, are advancing discussions with Legislators and the Newsom and Biden Administrations on the immediate need for assistance. The Sacramento Valley represents just a portion of this worsening drought, now spanning California and the West, one that will require a coordinated response. Levels of funding and how relief gets to those who need it are still far from clear. What we do know is that we must engage now if we are to make a difference.

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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.

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