The new Rice Leadership Class was announced at today’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio and it included three California members, growers Matthew Sligar and Brian McKenzie, as well as industry representative, Zach Urrutia. READ MORE
We offer the following information relative to the Weedy Rice Regulation being pursued by the Certification Committee regarding additional documents added to the rulemaking file. Interested parties have likely already been following, but we wanted to make sure you were aware of the information. READ MORE
Mark your calendar for our annual grower meetings, to be held Thursday, January 18, in Yuba City and Colusa. Information presented with be the same at each venue.
The Yuba City meeting will be held at the Bonanza Inn Event Center, with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the meeting from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. The afternoon meeting will be at the Colusa Casino Resort Conference Center with 12:30 p.m. registration and the meeting from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. READ MORE
We need help to justify the Intrepid/armyworm section 18 emergency exemption for 2018. Work is underway to register Intrepid on rice. However, the registration will not take place in time for the next use season. It is essential we resubmit the section 18 emergency exemption application to be prepared for armyworm, and to support the future registration. We need help to provide the necessary information. READ MORE
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) just posted an update on weedy rice for this season in area rice fields. There were 53 samples submitted for testing, with 15 confirmed to be weedy rice.
An encouraging sign was the level of cooperation by all involved on this subject, which is a key to reducing infestations.
You can find out comprehensive information on weedy rice by logging in to this informative website.
CRIA, working with NCWA and Ag interests in the San Joaquin Valley, are funding a comprehensive Water Bond for the November 2018 ballot. Below is a joint letter describing the benefits of the bond and how it differs from the much smaller parks bond passed by the Legislature. READ MORE
By Tyson Redpath, The Russell Group
Congress will start early in 2018 rewriting comprehensive food and farm program legislation known as the Farm Bill. This Farm Bill, as leaders on both sides of the aisle have promised, will not be revolutionary after the 2014 act ushered in a new era of farm programs which ended direct, annual payments and instead focused on catastrophic loss protection and enhanced risk management. READ MORE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released its final recovery plan for the Giant Garter Snake. The CRC’s Industry Affairs Committee fully evaluated the earlier draft of this document to conclude that it contained no mandatory actions impacting rice growers and this final version has no significant changes. READ MORE
We are nearing one of the busiest times of the year for industry meetings. Our industry calendar provides a helpful, single location to keep up to date.
The calendar is updated with CRC Committee and Board Meetings, the USA Rice Outlook Conference, University of California Cooperative Extension Annual Meetings and other important events. READ MORE
It’s that time of year again when we are thinking about getting water out on the fields for waterbird habitat and rice straw decomposition. While growers are out placing boards in fields and turning screw gates, they should also be thinking about mosquito control. READ MORE