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CCC Loans Delayed

CCC Loans Delayed

The USDA Farm Service Agency is reporting a delay in sign up for loans for temperate japonica rice due to needed software update. Software developers have been made aware of the urgency of the situation and will implement the fix as soon as possible. We have received reports that normal operations should be back up by mid-week next week. 

County offices are still able to take loan requests. 

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Lorenzo Pope

Lorenzo Pope

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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