2016 Rice Extension US report (2016)
Rice Extension led a group of 20 people on a 10 day tour to the Sacramento Valley in California in August 2016 to learn about the Californian rice industry. There were a mix of rice growers and industry representatives from across all age groups and areas. The tour visited farms, processors, research facilities, industry representative groups, water corporations and industry advisors. The tour finished with some recreational activities, including a visit to the Napa Valley and some time in San Francisco at the baseball and a bay tour. The participants thoroughly enjoyed the tour, which allowed them to make international and local connections, added to their personal development and stimulated them to review practices on their own farms. Rice Extension is currently investigating tour options for 2017.