The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has mailed 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 rice 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. California Rice Commission 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,” the California Rice Commission said in a press release.
The California Rice Commission encourages industry members to complete their ballot and return it to CDFA.
Those who do not receive a ballot can contact California Rice Commission President & CEO Tim Johnson at 916-387-2264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.■