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Industry Vote in June to consider Five-Cent Increase in Assessment Cap

Industry Vote in June to consider Five-Cent Increase in Assessment Cap

After review of projected monitoring and reporting costs along with fees for the Rice WDR, the CRC Board moved in December to begin the process for an industry vote to increase the assessment cap, currently set at 15 cents per hundredweight. 

The CRC wholly manages the Rice WDR on behalf of the industry meeting all water quality monitoring and reporting requirements, as well as paying the per acre fee to the State Water Board. Projected costs for the next 10 years to manage this program are expected to exceed $1.3 million annually. Along with the need to cover other small increases in other program and operating costs, the Board is moving forward with an industry vote to ask growers and handlers to increase the assessment cap to 20 cents per hundredweight. If approved, the increased assessment will be subject to annual budget development. 

Growers and handlers will receive a ballot from the California Department of Food and Agriculture in early June. Voting will extend for 60 days.

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Winter Rice Meetings will go Virtual This Year

Due to COVID-19, many of the winter meetings for the rice industry will be held virtually this year.

Our Industry Calendar is a good resource for these meetings. Currently, the scheduled meetings include Corteva Virtual Rice Herbicide Seminars on February 3 and 10, and the University of California Cooperative Extension February 11. Please note, the UCCE Rice event requires advance registration and a $10 fee. More information and links to these events are available at our calendar section.