California Rice Country: In the Board Room and On the Farm

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On the Van Dyke farm with Connie Jerome  and Greg Van Dyke
Mar 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Last week USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward visited California rice country to attend the March Board of Directors meeting of the California Rice Commission (CRC).  “The CRC is a key member of USA Rice and supports our programs both financially and with the active members who populate our boards and committees,” said Ward.  “It was great to speak to the CRC Board about developments in Washington and to thank them for all their support for USA Rice.”

CRC manages an impressive program for the California rice industry and that was demonstrated by the scope of topics addressed at the board meeting including farm policy, international trade policy and promotion, regulatory and food safety issues, and CRC’s effective communications outreach to multiple target audiences both in California and around the globe.

In addition to attending the CRC event, Ward traveled to Pleasant Grove to visit the Van Dyke Ranch, a vertically integrated company that includes Van Dyke’s Rice Dryer and VA Farms Inc.   Greg Van Dyke, a recent graduate of the Rice Leadership Development Program, led the tour and explained the history of the Van Dyke family operations in the region that stretches back to 1898.

“I appreciate the hospitality of Greg and his family, and always enjoy getting out to see rice facilities first hand,” said Ward.