The latest news on the people, places and wildlife that make California Rice unique.
The devastation caused by this drought has created never-before-seen challenges, especially for rice growers on the west side of the Sacramento Valley. The lack of water has altered the normal way of life for countless people and businesses in rural agriculture communities and has dried up the vital environment our wildlife relies on.
Drought threatens multigenerational businesses and countless people connected to the rice production workforce, each a link in the chain needed to grow, dry and mill California Rice. The lack of water is causing jobs to dry up, jeopardizing the future for small ag communities throughout the Sacramento Valley.
California’s drought crisis will have far reaching consequences for the environment and the millions of migratory waterbirds that travel to the Sacramento Valley along the Pacific Flyway. Less water to grow rice means far less food and habitat for the upward of 10 million ducks and geese that spend the winter in California.
The CRC, wildlife biologists, conservation groups and government organizations have teamed up to launch a new study utilizing GPS transmitters to track migratory bird movements throughout the Sacramento Valley. The goal is to see how how wintering waterbirds that rely on planted rice fields respond to these historic drought conditions and how we can best support waterfowl populations during future dry years.