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Deadline for Submitting Referendum Ballot Rapidly Approaching 

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A reminder that the deadline to submit your referendum ballot to continue activities of the Commission is March 6, 2024. 

If you need a replacement ballot or did not receive a ballot for all of your entities, please contact Ben Kardokus with the CDFA’s Marketing Branch at (916) 900-5018 or (916) 749-5473.

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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.