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Emergency Relief Program Deadlines Rapidly Approaching

Emergency Relief Program Deadlines Rapidly Approaching

USDA Farm Services Agency has mailed applications to eligible growers for Phase 1 of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP). For growers who have not returned the application, reminders have also been sent. It is important to note that the deadline to complete the application is Friday, July 22, 2022.

Growers who filed crop insurance claims for calendar years 2020 and 2021 for drought, winter storms and other natural disasters are eligible. Typical income limits and percentages apply. Call your local FSA office with questions. 

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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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