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Major Amendment Ballots Mailing This Week

Major Amendment Ballots Mailing This Week

This Thursday, June 4, CDFA will send ballots to all qualified growers and handlers, asking the industry to vote on an increase in the assessment cap from 15 cents per hundredweight to 20 cents per hundredweight. The assessment will continue to be split equally between handlers and growers. 

The increased assessment cap will be used to address increases in regulatory fees and costs such as the Rice Waste Discharge Requirement (WDR) and projected modest increases in operating costs over the next nine years. CRC leadership is committed to not immediately increasing the assessment to the full amount, but rather the assessment will be set as part of the annual budget process that looks at acreage, costs and reserve levels. 

Please take a minute to complete your ballot and return it to CDFA. If you do not receive a ballot, contact Tim Johnson at 916-387-2264 or

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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.