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Application Period Closing for Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program 

Application Period Closing for Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program 

The Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program is still accepting applications for the Delayed Cereal Grain Harvest and Fallow Agriculture programs until end of day Wednesday, April 10. If you have winter planted cereal grains, winter planted cover crops or farm fields that will be left fallow this growing season, these programs could be a great fit for your operations. You must be willing to leave them undisturbed and or delay harvest until at least July 15th. Below are key details for each of the program.

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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.

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Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program Solicitation

Nesting Bird Habitat Incentive Program Solicitation

The Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the California Waterfowl Association (CWA) is currently accepting applications for two nesting bird programs: Delayed Cereal Grain Harvest and Fallow Agriculture. If you have winter planted cereal grains, winter planted cover crops or farm fields that will be left fallow this growing season, these programs could be a great fit for your operations. Below are key details for each program.

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Rice Footprint Gaining Traction

Rice Footprint Gaining Traction

The response to a rice footprint in the Sacramento Valley that reflects needed acreage to sustain habitat, floodplain and small community needs leading to protections of lands used for rice cultivation is overwhelmingly positive. Lawmakers, conservation organizations, growers, mills, and our partners including NCWA have embraced the proposition that working ricelands are critical to the future of California, the environment, and our communities. 

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CRC Welcomes Adria Arko – Grants Manager

CRC Welcomes Adria Arko – Grants Manager

Bringing nine years of experience working with Northern California RCD’s, Adria Arko joins the CRC as its first Grant Manager. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for the San Mateo RCD and prior to that, Senior Program Manager. She has secured numerous grants with both USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. As many are aware, the work of resource conservation districts is funded through grants. 

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