Our annual grower meeting will be held virtually this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will have video presentations on January 21 and 22. All presentations will be available on CalRiceNews.org, and links will be sent via our e-communications.READ MORE
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 California Rice Commission annual grower meeting will be held virtually on January 21 and 22.
We are working on a comprehensive program captured on video for your viewing, with speakers addressing important industry issues, including state and federal updates, water and international trade policy.READ MORE
We wanted to provide this reminder of the existing options for online continuing education courses that are available.
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The University of California Cooperative Extension Sutter-Yuba-Colusa will be holding a three-hour pest management CE webinar on December 9, to provide pest management information and research updates on rice and some of the other major annual crops in our region.READ MORE
The CRC provided information about online continuing education courses early in October. More recently, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) approved a course for 4-hours of laws and regulations. The course is $20 as a printed version, free when completed online and available only in 2020.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
The US Department of Agriculture has announced that signup is underway for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2021 crop year.READ MORE
Several weeks ago, contract haulers of farm equipment in the Sacramento Valley reported enforcement actions when moving combines. At issue was the interpretation of the vehicle code that allows farmers to haul their own equipment without a permit but not contract haulers. Shortly thereafter, the movement of stompers was impacted due to their oversized width. CHP indicated that a CHP escort was needed to move the equipment. Booking an escort is about two weeks out and comes at a cost of $1,500.READ MORE