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California Rice featured at Today’s Farm to Fork Festival

California Rice featured at Today’s Farm to Fork Festival


Sacramento’s Capitol Mall bustled with activity today, during the seventh annual Farm to Fork Festival, and rice was featured. 

Attendees watched a California Rice cooking demonstration from Chefs Juan and Toby Barajas of Savory Café in Woodland, emceed by ABC 10 Sacramento News Anchor Madison Meyer and CRC President & CEO Tim Johnson. Recipe cards with this dish and rice messaging were provided.

While the chefs made their dish, chicken with California rice cooked in a cast iron pan, key messages were covered. Topics included the impact of rice to our economy and environment, as well as the different types of rice grown in our state and cooking suggestions. 

Today’s festival is part of a larger effort to educate our region about the important role of California Rice. Another recent CRC-led activity was a rice harvest tour with food bloggers and chefs in Sutter County last week. 

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Lorenzo Pope

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Longtime industry leader Lorenzo Pope passed on March 25, 2024. Dr. Pope was known as a plant breeder and executive at Rice Researchers. He served for decades on the California Rice Commission Board of Directors and many of its committees, including the Rice Promotion Board. In 2015, the California Rice Research Board presented Dr. Pope with the California Rice Industry Award. Ever an educator to others and always willing to take a phone call, lend a hand or attend any rice meeting, Lorenzo will be remembered as a giant in our industry.

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