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									                           Serving the California                                                                                                        September 2008
                               Rice Industry                                                                                                            Vol. 11, Number 1

        California rice water efficiency
        message goes mainstream
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                  eaching valuable audiences with key messages about
                  California rice is not always easy, but is more of a necessity
                  today than ever before.
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        A dynamic new CRC effort kicked off August 21, with “Little
        water, Big results,” a full page, full color advertisement in the                                                    lts
        Sacramento Bee (right). With more than 565,000 documented
        regular readers, the Bee offered an excellent forum to deliver the
        message that California rice farmers are good stewards of one of
        their most precious resources-water. The ad also provided deci-
        sion makers, opinion leaders and the public little-reported facts
        about California rice and water use, including water efficiency,
        wildlife habitat, and the environmental and urban benefits from
        This information is of monumental importance, as a result
        of ongoing discussions prompted by the state’s drought
        “Little water, Big results” was also distributed to every
        member of the State Legislature and a link to the CRC Web
        site home page was provided on the ad to provide further
        education on the subject.
        Subsequent advertising will continue to tackle water and
        other issues of critical importance to the long-term
        viability of the California rice industry.
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        working lands, mostly by reducing expenditures on
        the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP
        is a long-standing program to retire farmland, mostly in the
        Midwest, and return it to pure habitat. With commodity
        prices so high, many CRP contracts are being terminated by
       Continued on page 5

                              WTO TALKS PAGE 2       •      HEAT STRESS PAGE 4                     •               WILDLIFE ART SHOW PAGE 6

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                                    Failure of WTO talks in Geneva
                                    a mixed result for U.S. Rice
        By Bob Cummings, Senior Vice President        tion of more than just lowering tariffs.       What proved fatal was the sharp dis-
        of the USA Rice Federation                    As the talks came to a close, we avoided       parity between the liberalization to be

                 he recent failure by a core          an unbalanced deal, but were left              undertaken by developed and devel-
                 group of world trade ministers       looking for ways to advance our agenda         oping countries.
                 to agree on a framework for          in key trade policy markets.                   In an effort to gain consensus, WTO
        cutting farm and non-farm import tar-         Following seven years of negotiations,         Director General Pascal Lamy tabled
        iffs, and for paring back each country’s      approximately 30 trade ministers,              a draft framework outline on July 25.
        trade distorting domestic agriculture         including U.S. Trade Representative            Earlier, the United States agreed to
        supports, was a win and loss for U.S.         Susan Schwab, gathered in Geneva to            further reduce the maximum level of
        rice producers and exporters.                 agree on specific formulas for cutting         its Overall Trade Distorting Support
        U.S. agriculture, including rice, long        agricultural and non-agricultural tariffs      (OTDS) commitment to $15 billion.
        feared that the emerging framework            and on formulas to discipline, or re-          OTDS is a measure of all U.S. farm
        would commit the United States to             duce, trade distorting agricultural sub-       programs that are tied to either crop
        substantial and specific cuts in the          sidies. Members were also set to en-           prices or farm income and thus have
        farm safety net without compensating          dorse a previous agreement to prohibit         the potential to influence production
        visible gains in foreign market access.       export subsidies for agricultural prod-        and trade. (For example, payments
        However, a successful Doha Round              ucts and to place disciplines on food          under the marketing loan program
        would further open up markets for             aid. Agreement would allow countries           are counted in the calculation of the
        U.S. rice producers, including Japan,         to move on to detailed negotiation of          OTDS while the outlays for the direct
        Korea, Taiwan, and the EU, where rice         individual tariff schedules and changes        payment program are not.)
        access is sensitive, and success is a func-   to domestic subsidy programs.                  Continued on page 5

        Rice recipe tantalizes TV audience
                ombine a prominent Sacramento         the 2007 Sacramento SushiMasters
                chef with locally grown brown         Regional Competition, prepared Fried
                rice and the result was an ex-        California Brown Rice in Lettuce Cups
        citing, effective way to promote new          for a live segment shot last month
        uses for the California crop.                 during the KOVR-TV noon news.
        Executive Chef Russell Okubo of               Television personality Tina Macuha
        Dragonfly Restaurant, a finalist in           assisted Chef Okubo during the

                                                                                 segment, with significant discussion about the nutrition
                                                                                 and characteristics of brown rice, as well as information
                                                                                 about the California rice industry.
                                                                                 This recipe will help promote the industry, through the
                                                                        Web site and future publications.
                                                                                 Future media opportunities to promote the story of
                                                                                 California rice and its positive attributes are being

                                                                                 KOVR TV personality Tina Macuha worked with Chef Russell Okubo
                                                                                 to prepare a rice dish.


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        Growers and handlers to vote on CRC continuation

                his fall, growers and handlers         “This is one of the most important
                have the opportunity to vote           things we do every five years. It
                to continue the California Rice        really is democracy at its best,”                          TIMELINE
        Commission. By law, a referendum is            commented CRC Chairman Mark
        held every five years so that all of those     Kimmelshue. “All growers and handlers                       November
        paying assessments into mandatory              are encouraged to vote and mail                   Ballots sent to all eligible growers
        programs such as the CRC have an               their ballot back to the California                         and handlers.
        opportunity to continue the program            Department of Food and Agriculture.”
        or wind it down.                                                                                            December
                                                       Earlier this year, all handlers were                Ballots are due to CDFA who
        This November, each producer and               contacted and a comprehensive grower
                                                                                                         will count the votes and announce
        handler will be sent a ballot and              list was compiled by the CDFA.
                                                                                                                      the results.
        asked to vote. The activities of the           This list will be used to conduct the
        commission will continue unless a              referendum.
        majority of growers and handlers vote
        to discontinue it.

        Low water levels                               2009 Rice Leadership Development
        in Shasta and                                  Program applications available
        Oroville reservoirs
                                                              pplications for the 2009 Rice        vide funding for the Rice Leadership
        may impact winter                                     Leadership Development
                                                              Program are due October 4,
                                                                                                   Development Program through grants
                                                                                                   to the Rice Foundation. The USA
        flood-up                                       2008. Those interested in applying need
                                                       to submit a completed application form
                                                                                                   Rice Federation develops and man-
                                                                                                   ages the program on behalf of the Rice
                  iscussions with water districts      accompanied by two letters of recom-        Foundation.
                  that serve the rice industry         mendation. Apply online, or download        For more information about the Rice
                  have led the CRC to begin            the application and recommendation          Leadership Development Program, or
        efforts to address potential impacts of        forms from the following Web site:          to have brochures and forms mailed to
        reduced winter flood-up. In years of             you, please contact Chuck Wilson at
        low flows and low storage, state water         communication/leadership.html.              870/673-7541,,
        officials have the authority to restrict       The John Deere Company and                  or Roberta Firoved at 916/387-2264,
        fall diversions.                               Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc. pro-
        Known as Term 91, such a restric-
        tion on diversions could impact the
        industry’s ability to decompose rice             CALIFORNIA RICE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
        straw and severely reduce certain                PROGRAM CLASS PARTICIPANTS:
        winter-flooded habitat along the Pacific
        Flyway. While each district’s water              Vicky Boyd - 2001          Leo LaGrande - 1995             Michael Rue - 1990
        rights for fall diversions are different, it     Terry Bressler - 1996      Mark Lavy - 2002                Robyn Rominger - 1999
        is believed that many rice acres could
                                                         Christopher Cota - 2004    Jessica Lundberg – 2007         Don Traynham – 2005
        be impacted.
                                                         Chris Crutchfield - 2003   Bert Manuel - 2001              Robert Van Dyke - 1994
        The CRC has begun a three-pronged
        effort to assist growers in developing           Sean Doherty - 2008        Charley Mathews, Jr. - 1993     David Van Ruiten - 1991
        viable options for straw management.             John Hasbrook - 1995       Doug McGeoghegan - 1989         Kent Wiley - 2000
        First, we have begun discussion with             Michael Hofmann - 1991     Robert Paschoal - 2002
        the State Water Resources Control
                                                         Henry Kalfsbeek – 2006     Andrew Rudd - 2000
        Board to assess the impact and timing
        Continued on page 7


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        Heat stress prevention of critical importance on the farm

                  eat stress is the buildup in the
                  body of heat generated by the                  A BASIC PROGRAM OF CONTROLLING HEAT STRESS
                  muscles during work and of
        heat coming from warm and hot en-                           STEP 1:                                   STEP 4:
        vironments. Heat exhaustion and heat                        Assign responsibility for heat            Account for the conditions of
                                                                    stress problems.                          work and of the workers.
        stroke result when the body receives
        more heat than it can cope with.                                                                      • Check weather conditions.
                                                                    STEP 2:
                                                                    Train workers and                         • Consider how heavy the work is.
        On farms throughout California,
                                                                    super visors.                             • Consider whether the worker is
        preventing heat stress for growers
                                                                    • Train workers and supervisors             to wear protective garments and
        and their workers is an important
                                                                      in the control of heat stress and         equipment.
        step toward a safe, productive work                           the recognition, prevention and         • Check if the worker is or has
        environment.                                                  treatment of heat illness.                recently been sick or has had a
        The strain from heat may cause a rapid                      • Conduct safety meetings.                  sharp loss in weight.
        rise in body temperature and heart                                                                    • Check whether the worker
                                                                    STEP 3:
        rate. Those working in the heat may                                                                     is rested, is taking any
                                                                    Acclimate workers when                      medications, or appears to have
        not realize that this is happening be-                      they begin to work under hot                consumed alcohol that day.
        cause there is no pain. Mental perfor-                      conditions.
        mance can be affected with an increase                      • Assign a lighter workload for           STEP 5:
        in body temperature of about two                              5-7 days.                               Manage work activities.
        degrees above normal. An increase of                        • Allow longer rest periods for           • Set up rest breaks.
        five degrees can result in serious illness                    5-7 days.                               • Rotate tasks among workers.
        or death. The most serious illness is                       • Assign work in the heat for at          • Schedule heavy work for cooler
        heat stroke. The effects include confu-                       least 100 minutes each day.               hours.
        sion, irrational behavior, convulsions,                     • Gradually increase the time of          • Postpone non-essential tasks
        coma and even death. Heat stroke can                          work in the heat each day.                during heat spells.
        make survivors very sensitive to heat                       • Watch workers’ response to              • Monitor environmental
        for months and cause varying degrees                          working in the heat closely for           conditions and workers.
        of brain and kidney damage.                                   5-7 days.
                                                                                                                                  Continued on page 8
        Continued on page 8

                                                                                      State regulators tour
                                                                                      California rice country

                                                                                               he CRC continues to educate state decision makers
                                                                                               about the importance of the rice industry, and of the
                                                                                               challenges facing growers. Education and outreach
                                                                                      are critical, considering the regulatory outlook includes in-
                                                                                      creasing scrutiny in the areas of air, pesticides and water.
                                                                                      RECENT TOURS INCLUDED:
                                                                                      Department of Pesticide Regulation:
                                                                                      On June 25, the CRC hosted a tour for Chuck Andrews,
                                                                                      Assistant Director and Chris Reardon, Chief Deputy
                                                                                      Director. The tour provided information on pesticide applica-
                                                                                      tion challenges, and grower concerns on future air and water
        Rice farmer Walt Trevethan (left) meets with DPR Chief Deputy Director
        Chris Reardon and Assistant Director Chuck Andrews.                           Continued on page 7


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       WTO talks
        Continued from page 2                         countries, in some circumstances, to          It was the unyielding position of many
       While the Lamy draft was reluctantly           apply import duties higher than the           developing countries, chiefly India and
       accepted by the United States, U.S.            level allowed in the WTO’s Uruguay            China, which led to the breakdown on
       agriculture and non-agriculture groups         Round Agreement of 1994. Many                 July 29.
       saw it as providing unacceptable exclu-        developing countries thought the text         The USA Rice Federation commends
       sions from liberalization to developing        went too far and were unwilling to con-       our negotiators for not accepting a bad
       countries. It would have allowed these         cede market opening for agriculture and       deal. Nonetheless, we can’t turn our
                                                      non-agricultural goods without further        backs on the Doha Round.
                                                             large cuts in agriculture support in
                                                                    developed countries.            USA Rice will continue to work with
                                                                                                    the entire industry to provide guid-
                                                                                                    ance to U.S. negotiators and to inform
                                                                                                    Capitol Hill about trade agreements
                                                                                                    that work for rice. Substantive work
                                                                                                    on the Doha Round should resume
                                                                                                    next year with the arrival of the new
                                                                                                    U.S. administration.

        Continued from cover
        landowners who want to return their           CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP
        lands back into production. This es-          PROGRAM (CSP)
                                                                                                       Act now for
        sentially freed up funding that could         CSP was reauthorized in the new                  EQIP and WHIP!
        be funneled to working farms. As a            Farm Bill and received $1.1 billion in
        result, the two major working lands           funding. This program provides pay-              The Natural Resources Conservation
        programs—the Environmental Quality            ments to qualifying producers for the            Service (NRCS) is already accepting
        Incentives Program and Conservation           implementation of good stewardship               applications for EQIP and WHIP.
        Stewardship Program—were enhanced.            practices. The previous version of this          Final applications for 2009 funding
        A third program, the Wildlife Habitat         program was available only in certain            must be submitted by October 31,
        Incentives Program, was changed to            watersheds and had a tiered system of            2008. If you are interested, visit
        require expenditures only on private          participation.                                   your local NRCS office to inquire and
        lands. This change will enhance op-           Many California rice farms successfully          discuss what you would like to do on
        portunities for farmers to compete for        participated in the previous version of          your farm. The earlier you start the
        these funds (right).                          CSP. We estimate that approximately              process, the better your likelihood of
        ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY                         330 contracts were written on rice               submitting a successful application.
        INCENTIVES PROGRAM (EQIP)                     farms. To date, $18 million in CSP               Contact Paul Buttner at (916) 387-
                                                      dollars were put to work on California           2264 or if you
        EQIP offers funding to help farmers and
        ranchers install or implement conservation    rice farming operations. This repre-
                                                                                                       have questions about pursuing these
        practices to protect water, air, soil and     sents two-thirds of all CSP payments
                                                                                                       conservation programs.
        wildlife habitat. Funding for EQIP is         made in California.
        substantially increased by approximately      The new version of CSP will now be
        $3.4 billion (about 27 percent). The bill     offered nationwide. The new pay-
        adopts a new process for determining          ment limit for CSP is $200,000 over           pect the first opportunity to apply will
        payment levels for conservation practices,
                                                      any five-year period and the tiered           occur around Spring 2009.
        based on costs associated with adopting a
                                                      approach is abandoned. New rules              WILDLIFE HABITAT INCENTIVES
        practice and foregone revenue. Payment
        limits for EQIP have been set at $300,000     for this program are yet to be drafted.       PROGRAM (WHIP)
        over any six-year period. This limit may      CRC will track the development of             WHIP provides technical and cost-
        be raised to $450,000 for projects deemed     this rulemaking and will report back          share assistance to enhance fish and
        to have special environmental significance.   to members in future publications and         wildlife habitat on agricultural ground.
        EQIP applications are now being accepted.     Web postings. At this point, we ex-           Continued on page 6


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        Wildlife artists carve a special niche

                     any people are familiar with   crafted                                     This marks the fifth straight year the
                     duck decoys, although sig-     by Tom                                      CRC has sponsored the Wildlife Art
                     nificantly fewer know the      Newell of                                   Show, which is an excellent way to reach
        incredible array of wildlife carvings       Washington.                                 bird lovers and help ensure they under-
        painstakingly produced by art-                “I started                                  stand the crucial role the rice industry
        ists across the country.                           carving in                                plays in wildlife and waterfowl hab-
        An excellent showcase                                 1969 and                                  itat in the Sacramento Valley.
        of the best of this art                              have made                                     “This artwork doesn’t go in
        form is the Pacific                           hundreds of birds,”                                 the pond, it goes on the fa-
        Flyway Decoy                                 Newell said. “I enjoy                        vorite spot on the mantle,” said the
        Association                                 knowing that more than                      PFDA’s Jim Burcio.
        Wildlife Art                                likely, these carvings will
        Show. The                                   be around forever.”
        38th annual
        event held in
                                                    Palumbo said he has had                     Conservation
                                                    enjoyable moments in                        Continued from page 5
        Sacramento this                             the Sacramento                              One major change in the new Farm
        July included a                             Valley,                                     Bill is to restrict contracts solely to pri-
        host of shore-                              where                                       vate agricultural and forestland. This
        bird entries,                               there’s                                     will have the beneficial effect of making
        in com-                                     “lots of                                    farmers more competitive for this con-
        petition                                    rice to          DUNLIN                     servation funding.
        sponsored                                   keep the         by Pete Palumbo
        by the        BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON                                                 Funding for WHIP is set at $85 mil-
                                                    birds happy.”
        California by Tom Newell                                                                lion per year through 2012. The pay-
        Rice Commission.                            “The farmer’s connection with wa-           ment limit is $50,000 per year. WHIP
                                                    terfowl and hunting is obvious, but         applications are now being accepted.
        This year’s winning shorebirds included     recognizing the importance of habitat
        a lifelike rendition of a Dunlin, carved                                                More detailed information on these
                                                    sharing with other species, such as
        by Pete Palumbo of New York, and a                                                      and other conservation programs can
                                                    shorebirds, is just super,” Palumbo said.
        Black-crowned Night Heron, expertly                                                     be accessed by going to www.calrice.
                                                                                                org and clicking on “Conservation


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        Commission approves a major                                                                        Low water levels
        amendment to the marketing order                                                                   Continued from page 3

                                                                                                            of a Term 91 ruling. We are hopeful

                he CRC Board of Directors            results are limited to establishing a new              that options can be developed that will
                last month approved a major          assessment cap.                                        allow the industry to provide flooded
                amendment to the marketing           Annually the board votes on a budget                   fields for the fall waterfowl migration.
        order to increase the assessment cap to      and the annual assessment rate. When                   Secondly, we are working with the
        15 cents per hundredweight. The cur-         the CRC was established in 1999, the                   Governor’s office to encourage state
        rent assessment cap is 10 cents.             assessment rate was 7.35 cents per                     and federal fire agencies to contract
        All growers and handlers will be asked       hundredweight. In the last nine years,                 early for rice straw to control erosion
        to vote on the assessment cap increase.      regulatory expenses have increased sub-                from this summer’s fires. Finally, we
        If passed by a super majority of both        stantially. The five–year strategic plan               will be approaching the California Air
        groups, the maximum assessment that          projects costs in excess of 14 cents,                  Resources Board to evaluate enhance-
        could be charged by the commission           assuming historic production. The im-                  ments to the burn program that might
        would be increased. A ballot will be         pact of a severe drought would greatly                 provide additional burning opportuni-
        mailed in February 2009 and will be          impact the assessment base of the com-                 ties during this period of low water
        due back to CDFA in March. This vote         mission as well.                                       levels.
        is separate from the referendum and its

        Rice country tours
        Continued from page 4
        regulations. Subjects covered included
        significant time spent discussing the
        importance of finding alternate chem-
        istry for rice herbicides.
        State Water Resources Control
        Board (SWRCB):
        On July 25, Tam Doduc, Chair,
        Dorothy Rice, Executive Director and
        Frances Spivy-Weber, Member, visited
        with the CRC. The daylong tour in-
        cluded a water monitoring demonstra-
        tion, field visit, the Rice Experiment
        Station and the Glenn-Colusa Water
        District fish screen. The visitors were
        highly engaged and very interested in
        all aspects of the rice industry and agri-
        culture in general.
        California Agricultural
        Leadership Federation:
        On August 6, the CRC participated in
        a rice panel discussion for the CAL/DC
        Exchange. The California Agricultural
                                                     Paying close observation to water quality testing are SWQCB officials (left to right) Dorothy Rice, Tam
        Leadership Federation hosts the pro-         Dudoc and Frances Spivy-Weber.
        gram to provide an education about
        California agriculture to a group of         Environmental Protection Agency/                      entitled, The California Rice Success
        visitors from various regulatory agen-       Office of Pesticide Programs was a tour               Story, showcased the successful Rice
        cies located in Washington, DC.              participant, and a long-time friend                   Pesticides Program.
        Debbie Edwards, Director at the U.S.         of the CRC. The panel discussion


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                      Executive Committee:
                    Mark Kimmelshue, Chairman
                  Charley Mathews, Vice Chairman
                    Michael Sandrock, Secretary
                    Frank Rehermann, Treasurer
                    Don Bransford • Keith Davis
                   Grant Lundberg • John Valpey

                           CRC Staff:
                     Tim Johnson, President & CEO
             Paul Buttner, Environmental Affairs Manager
           Julie Cader, Finance & Administration Manager
              Roberta Firoved, Industry Affairs Manager
                 Jim Morris, Communications Manager
                        Laura Quinones-Murphy,
             Domestic & International Promotion Manager
                  Diana Merca, Administrative Assistant
                 Jessica Welch, Administrative Assistant           This newsletter is printed with 75% recycled and reused paper.

              A BASIC PROGRAM OF CONTROLLING HEAT STRESS                                               Heat stress
                                                                                                       Continued from page 4

              STEP 6:                                      • Select lightest weight or “breathable”    Additional resources on ensuring a
              Establish a drinking water                     protective garments and cooler            safe environment on the farm can
              program.                                       respirators that give adequate
                                                                                                       be found at the California Farm
              • Provide sufficient amounts of                                                          Bureau Federation Web site for rural
                suitably cool, potable water (on           • Provide shade.
                average, two to three gallons per
                                                                                                       health and safety: http://www.cfbf.
                                                           • Use air-conditioned mobile equipment.
                worker per day).                                                                       com/programs/rhs/. This Web site
                                                           • Modify pesticide usage and handling       includes information from the Farm
              • Provide single-use drinking cups or          to reduce need for protective garments
                water fountains.                             and equipment.
                                                                                                       Employers Labor Service (FELS)
              • Provide water that meets water                                                         with heat illness information and
                quality standards.                         STEP 8:                                     other safety sheets online. For more
                                                           Give first aid when workers                 information on a FELS subscription,
              • Place water in locations readily
                                                           become ill.
                accessible to all employees.                                                           go to, or call
                                                           • Set up a first aid program.               (800) 753-9073.
              STEP 7:                                      • Take heat stroke victims to the nearest
              Take additional measures, as                   medical treatment facility.
                                                                                                       Developing or maintaining a heat
              appropriate.                                                                             stress plan will help farmers ensure
                                                           • Follow up on incidents of heat illness.
              • Provide special cooling garments.                                                      that productivity is optimized while
                                                                                                       taking safety into full account.
              Source: ”A Guide to Heat Stress in Agriculture,“ U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
              Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


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