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Office of GOBiz Further Delays Drought Relief Grant Applications

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The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GOBiz) has announced a further delay in applications for the California Small Agricultural Business Drought Relief Grant Program. No firm date has been given for application availability. 

Despite ongoing discussions with agricultural stakeholders, the Administration has failed to respond in urgency, with the need for relief from the 2022 drought by providing access to the funding, which was approved in the state in July 2022.

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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.