California Rice Commission, Rice Farmers Hold Annual Grower Meetings

Jan 26, 2015
YUBA CITY & WILLIAMS, CA -- More than 200 growers attended the California Rice Commission's (CRC) annual grower meetings last week.  USA Rice Federation Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely attended the meetings and met with growers and industry representatives from around the region to discuss California specific initiatives and issues. 
 
George Soares, with the law firm Kahn, Soares and Conway, gave a presentation on the state's political outlook, including a discussion of the ongoing water availability issues, the California water bond, and the statewide political climate.  Randy Russell, long time consultant for CRC, discussed farm policy and the political atmosphere in Washington as it relates to agriculture.  Russell highlighted issues for rice farmers to be aware of in the new Congress, including budget and debt ceiling issues, trade, and tax reform.  Finally, Jeff Yasui, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency in Davis, California, talked about new and existing crop insurance policies.
 
"With the political landscape shifting beneath our feet, these face-to-face meetings are invaluable," said Mosely.  "Excellent information was provided and I think everyone came away more prepared to tackle challenges ahead."
 
Contact:  Evan Spencer (703) 236-1476
 

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