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Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan

Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan

Required by WDR for submission by March 01, 2024

The Central Valley Water Board Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) Order R5-2014-0032 requires rice growers to submit a Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan to the California Rice Commission (CRC) every 5 years. 

The Farm Evaluation is intended to provide the CRC and the Central Valley Water Board with information regarding grower implementation of the Order’s requirements.  The CRC will collect the data submitted and prepare a Farm Evaluation Management Summary for submittal to the Board. The Nitrogen Management Plan is intended to provide rice growers with a planning tool for managing nitrogen applications; information submitted to the CRC is not provided to the Board.

The Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan will be reported for the 2023 crop year. Beginning in January of 2024, the CRC will have a link available at https://calricenews.org/waste-discharge-requirements/ for the submittal of information by each grower. The data is required by the Order to be submitted by March 01, 2024.  Each plan will be submitted using the grower’s unique identification number from their permit at the County Agricultural Commissioner’s office. Information reported to the Board will be by township only (no grower or parcel identification).

In addition, the Farm Evaluation and Nitrogen Management Plan must be maintained or be available electronically at the grower’s farming operations headquarters or primary place of business. A copy of each plan must be made available for inspection, upon request, to Central Valley Water Board staff.
For more information, contact the CRC’s Industry Affairs Manager Craig Riddle at criddle@calrice.org or (916) 812-3468.

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