Air Quality

New CRC Air Quality Report is released

New CRC Air Quality Report is released

We have completed a new report that chronicles 30 years of air quality improvements in California Rice.  It captures the story of reduced rice straw burning, use of cleaner-burning engines, and improvements in energy consumption to produce rice.  In all, the report tells the story of an 80-90 percent reduction in major air pollutants and a 20 percent reduction in energy use (and related emissions) in this time frame.  READ MORE

Rice Counties approved for Conditional Rice Straw Burning

Rice Counties approved for Conditional Rice Straw Burning

Luis Espino inspecting rice, Photo by Jared Gross

In accordance with the Conditional Rice Straw Burning Program, the Sacramento Valley Agricultural Commissioners must periodically assess the prevailing levels of rice diseases in order for the county air districts to continue considering approval of burn permits.  This process must take place every five years. READ MORE