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CRC Board Elections Start Soon

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Elections for the 2021/22 CRC Board of directors start July 30 and extend until August 16. Be sure to look for your ballot and vote!

This year there are open Member and Alternate seats in Districts 1 – Butte, District 2 – Colusa, District 3 – Glenn, Tehama and District 4 – Yuba, Sutter. There are no open seats in District 5. 

As a reminder, each entity is eligible to vote but only in one district where they produce rice. 

If you do not receive a ballot, please contact CRC Office Administrator Marissa Trejo at 916-387-2264 or

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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.