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.
If you have a significant event of interest to the entire industry, here is a link to submit information for the calendar.
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.
Probably the most important thing growers can do is contact their mosquito districts to let them know when and where they plan to apply winter water. This will enable the mosquito district field technicians to come out and monitor these freshly watered fields and be prepared to address any mosquito control issues early on. READ MORE
A full-day Rice Commission briefing and an up-close look at harvest were part of this week’s California visit for the 2016 Class of the Rice Leadership Development Program.
The class itinerary this week also includes several mill and farm visits, a tour of the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District Pumping Facility and other stops.
Imran H. Khan and Michael Bosworth are California’s representatives in this class.
The Rice Leadership Development Program is sponsored by John Deere Company, RiceTec Inc. and American Commodity Company through The Rice Foundation and is managed by USA Rice.
Meanwhile, the October 7 deadline is rapidly approaching to apply for the 2018 Rice Leadership Development Program. Here’s a link to additional information and to apply.
Tens of thousands of people are in downtown Sacramento for today’s annual Farm to Fork Festival, and a steady stream continues to visit the California Rice Booth. The festival continues until 6:30 p.m. on Capitol Mall. READ MORE
This Saturday marks the fourth annual Farm to Fork Festival on Capitol Mall in Sacramento, a free event running from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The entire CRC staff will operate a California Rice Booth near the corner of 5th and Capitol, close to the harvester. We will have a large monitor debuting drone footage of this year’s harvest, as well as our latest infographics and publications that provide important information to consumers such as our economic and environmental benefits. We will also be providing eco-friendly rice bags and recipe cards. In addition, we look forward to face-to-face dialogue with consumers about our crop.
Another important opportunity is the California Rice demonstration from noon to 12:45 p.m. We are fortunate to have Chef/Owner Craig Takehara of Binchoyaki Restaurant prepare two California Rice dishes. ABC 10 personality Mark S. Allen is scheduled to emcee the demonstration.
Last year’s Farm to Fork Festival attracted an estimated 75,000 people.
Growers and handlers should be aware that industry-sponsored regulations go into effect this month that will limit the use of farm-saved seed in 2018. These regulations were requested to help prevent the spread of Weedy Rice now found in the state. READ MORE
Registration for this year’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio is now open. This year’s conference will be held from December 10-12. USA Rice has expanded their breakout session this year to include other segments of the industry. They have also redesigned the trade show floor. The keynote speaker is Mark McKinnon, chief media strategist to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns. READ MORE
Here is a link to a payment calculator, developed by Tim Kelleher to help producers estimate 2016 and 2017 payments. County yields are an estimate and will be updated when final yields are available.
Thank you to all who participated in the recent producer district elections for 2017/18. Following are the results as of Thursday, August 31. We still have several write-in candidates we are contacting, but wanted to communicate the results we have to date. READ MORE
More than two dozen rice photos have been added to our industry library. The library is available at CalRiceNews.org by clicking Members, then Gallery. You will be prompted for a passcode, which has been updated. If you need the new passcode, please contact the CRC’s Jim Morris READ MORE