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Delta Rice Growers Water Recirculation Workshop

Delta Rice Growers Water Recirculation Workshop

A specialized workshop for Delta rice growers is set for later this month and now has CCA approved credits for attendance. The workshop will focus on a new water recirculation pump demonstration, which project organizers say can help reduce water and energy use. 

Organizations presenting during the workshop include:  Fish Friendly Farming, Conservation Farms and Ranches, The Nature Conservancy on their Bird Returns Program and the UCCE’s Delta Crops Resource Management Advisor.

Funding for this new program is through the Fish Friendly Farming Program, Delta Conservancy and State Water Resources Control Board. Information on funding sources for interested growers will be provided.

The workshop is set for Wednesday, August 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will be held at Staten Island, 23319 N Staten Island Rd, Thornton. Additional workshop details including parking information, a map and CCA approved credit details can be viewed here.

Please RSVP to connorb@fishfriendlyfarming.org. For additional information please contact Laurel Marcus at laurelm@fishfriendlyfarming.org or (707) 869-2760. 

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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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