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Mark Your Calendar: Virtual CRC Annual Grower Meeting slated for late January

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 California Rice Commission annual grower meeting will be held virtually on January 21 and 22. 

We are working on a comprehensive program captured on video for your viewing, with speakers addressing important industry issues, including state and federal updates, water and international trade policy. 

The first set of virtual presentations will debut at noon January 21, 2021, while the second group will be posted at noon January 22. Links will be sent via our industry eCommunications.

All of the information will be available at

We will have further updates as the event nears. 

If you have questions about the grower meeting, please contact CRC Communications Manager Jim Morris at or (916) 205-5395.

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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.