The latest news on issues affecting California rice farmers will be presented during the upcoming Annual Grower Meetings held by the California Rice Commission (CRC), scheduled for Jan. 12, 2012.

Those attending will receive an update on news important to the rice industry from the state capitol by George Soares, founding member and partner of the prestigious law firm Kahn, Soares and Conway. Randy Russell, partner of the government relations firm, Russell and Barron, will detail the latest from Washington, D.C.

In addition, the CRC will outline its activities in the regulatory, conservation and public education areas.

The morning session begins at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Bonanza Inn Magnuson Grand Hotel in Yuba City, while the afternoon meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Colusa Casino Resort Conference Center in Colusa. Registration will be held thirty minutes prior to each meeting.

All members of the rice industry are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served and there will be raffle prizes at each meeting.

Dow AgroSciences is sponsoring this year’s meetings.

For more information about the CRC’s Annual Grower Meetings, please contact Jim Morris at 916/387-2264 or jmorris@calrice.org.