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Upcoming Enrollment Opportunity for Climate Smart Commodity Program

Upcoming Enrollment Opportunity for Climate Smart Commodity Program

Through USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program, the USA Rice – Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership will be able to offer over $9 million in financial assistance to California rice producers. This competitive opportunity will offer rice producers a suite of more than 30 practices to choose from to fit the needs and capabilities of their operation.

Please join us for an informational workshop on June 25, from 1-3pm in Yuba City at Hillcrest Catering (210 Julie Dr, Yuba City).

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Registration is Open for Rice Quality Workshop July 18, 2024

Registration is Open for Rice Quality Workshop July 18, 2024

Click the link below to register.

The California Rice Commission, UC Davis and the UC Cooperative Extension are hosting the 2024 Rice Quality Workshop on July 18th from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. The Workshop will feature existing and expanded topics from the Rice Quality Handbook such as California rice quality in the global market, Calrose variety qualities, climate effects, agronomic effects on quality, USDA rice grades, MRLs and fumigants, and drying and storage impacts on quality.

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Remembering Dr. J. Neil Rutger

Remembering Dr. J. Neil Rutger

The California rice industry extends condolences to the family and friends of Dr. J. Neil Rutger, 90, of Woodland, who died peacefully on June 6, 2024.

Dr. Rutger was the former director and chief scientist of the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He retired after 38 years as a U.S. Department of Agriculture rice geneticist in California, Mississippi, and Arkansas, and six years on the plant-breeding faculty at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 

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BirdReturns Late Summer Farmlands Opportunity

BirdReturns Late Summer Farmlands Opportunity

Seeking farmers: Get paid to provide habitat 

The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science), in collaboration with the California Rice Commission and the Delta Conservancy, and with funding from the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, is now accepting online bids for the BirdReturns-Late Summer Farmlands Habitat Program. This program offers farmers and landowners in the Sacramento Valley an opportunity to receive financial compensation for providing a few weeks of ponded or shallow flooded habitat for migratory birds. 

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Applications Now Open for Fall Bid4Birds

Applications Now Open for Fall Bid4Birds

The California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation (Foundation) is happy to announce a collaboration between Bid4Birds and BirdReturns. We will work together, with funding from the Foundation, the California Dept of Fish & Wildlife and potentially the CA Dept of Water Resources, to incentivize habitat for early migrating waterbirds this late summer and early fall.

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Application Deadline Approaching for New Waterbird Habitat Program

Application Deadline Approaching for New Waterbird Habitat Program

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is taking applications for the Migratory Bird Resurgence Initiative (MBRI). California has $500,000 available. Please call or visit your local NRCS office to apply.  Due to the current compressed planting season, we have confirmed with NRCS that for most counties you can register your interest in the opportunity with just a phone call by May 24, but then you will still need to sign your application in person by May 31. For producers in Butte County, you need to sign your application in person by May 24.

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BirdReturns Late Summer Farmlands Opportunity

BirdReturns Late Summer Farmlands Opportunity

Seeking farmers: Get paid to provide habitat 

The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership (Audubon California, The Nature Conservancy, and Point Blue Conservation Science), in collaboration with the California Rice Commission and the Delta Conservancy, and with funding from the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, is now accepting online bids for the BirdReturns-Late Summer Farmlands Habitat Program. This program offers farmers and landowners in the Sacramento Valley an opportunity to receive financial compensation for providing a few weeks of ponded or shallow flooded habitat for migratory birds. 

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