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CRC’s ‘Rice Footprint’ Initiative

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Developed out of strategic planning sessions, with industry member input and full board approval, the start of the 2023-24 fiscal year marks the beginning of a new, pillar initiative lead by the CRC.

The ‘Rice Footprint’ will be a multi-layered effort including the CRC’s policy, conservation, public education, efforts and a newly created grants position. The Rice Footprint will reflect the acreage needed within the Sacramento Valley to sustain habitat, floodplain and small community needs, with the effort ultimately leading to economic incentives to keep rice in production and protections of lands used for rice cultivation.

A comprehensive Rice Footprint economic and environmental study by a team of UC Davis scientists and scholars is underway that will detail the baseline number and distribution of planted rice acres needed within the Sacramento Valley to support the regional economy and rice farming communities, species that are dependent on riceland habitat and the broader environment.

The CRC is currently pursuing voluntary working land easements in rice, with the goal of securing $250 million in the next state resources bond and the creation of new state and federal programs for growers that support voluntary easements in wildlife-friendly rice agriculture.

These are just some of the initial first steps in this multi-year effort. CRC staff is meeting regularly, planning workshops and getting input from the industry, state and partner agencies on the development of the Rice Footprint.

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Through USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program, the USA Rice – Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership will be able to offer over $9 million in financial assistance to California rice producers. This competitive opportunity will offer rice producers a suite of more than 30 practices to choose from to fit the needs and capabilities of their operation.

Please join us for an informational workshop on June 25, from 1-3pm in Yuba City at Hillcrest Catering (210 Julie Dr, Yuba City).

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Registration is Open for Rice Quality Workshop July 18, 2024

Registration is Open for Rice Quality Workshop July 18, 2024

Click the link below to register.

The California Rice Commission, UC Davis and the UC Cooperative Extension are hosting the 2024 Rice Quality Workshop on July 18th from 9:00AM to 12:30PM. The Workshop will feature existing and expanded topics from the Rice Quality Handbook such as California rice quality in the global market, Calrose variety qualities, climate effects, agronomic effects on quality, USDA rice grades, MRLs and fumigants, and drying and storage impacts on quality.

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