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CA Small Ag Business Drought Relief Grant Program – Application Update

CA Small Ag Business Drought Relief Grant Program – Application Update

The Governor’s Office of Business now reports that applications for the grant program will be available in early June. The delay is a result of GOBiz’s slow start on the program and the significant administrative hurdles when implementing any new program. 

We continue to press the administration and the legislature to make every effort to get this program up and running just as soon as possible.

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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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