Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, with support from the California Rice Commission, recently hosted U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan for a tour of California rice.

Industry leaders provided a briefing on production and marketing issues, concerns about future farm bill policies, details on California’s rice certification program, and the impact of various environmental regulatory programs.

Merrigan also visited Farmers’ Rice Cooperative’s mill and the nearby Port of West Sacramento.