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Winter Rice Meetings will go Virtual This Year

Due to COVID-19, many of the winter meetings for the rice industry will be held virtually this year.

Our Industry Calendar is a good resource for these meetings. Currently, the scheduled meetings include Corteva Virtual Rice Herbicide Seminars on February 3 and 10, and the University of California Cooperative Extension February 11. Please note, the UCCE Rice event requires advance registration and a $10 fee. More information and links to these events are available at our calendar section. 

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Application Period Underway for Second Round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced September 17 an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2) to include rice grown in California. Applications for the program must be received by December 11. Several reports from the USDA Farm Service Agency encourage producers who have not applied to complete the application now to avoid missing the December 11 deadline. Due to COVID restrictions and staffing safeguards processing, applications may take longer than expected. The agency offers multiple options to apply which can be found on this website.  

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State Election Update: Proposition 15 appears Headed to Defeat

State Election Update: Proposition 15 appears Headed to Defeat

From Louie Brown, Kahn, Soares & Conway

Proposition 15, the effort to rewrite a portion of the infamous Proposition 13 and raise property taxes on commercial and agricultural properties, seems to be heading towards defeat.  On election night, the No on Prop 15 Committee was pleased to be leading with slightly more than 51 percent of the vote opposing the measure.  However, with millions of votes left to counted, no one felt comfortable calling it.  After of this afternoon, with slightly more than four million votes remaining, the trends seem to be showing that the No on Prop 15 effort will likely hold its lead and defeat the measure.  

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