Weatherlight and The California Rice Commission collaborate on educational videos about the impacts of drought on Sacramento's agriculture.
California Rice Commission
Nowhere in the world is rice production more advanced than in California. Careful attention to every step in the cropping cycle and milling ensures that rice produced in our warm Mediterranean climate meets and often exceeds customers' expectations for great rice.
Farm Air Flying Service
California rice fields provide habitat and nourishment for approximately seven million migrating birds along the Pacific Flyway each year. Ricelands are increasingly crucial to hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that nest in the fields year-round. For example, recent studies have shown that California's rice lands currently provide more than half of the nutritional requirements of wintering waterfowl in the Sacramento Valley.
Greg Golet | Senior Scientist
Three years of severe drought and an unprecedented season caused widespread impacts on the businesses, communities, and wildlife uniquely connected to California rice.
QUIET: THE FARM
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 agricultural communities. It has dried up the vital environment our native wildlife relies on.
QUIET: RICE WORKFORCE AND COMMUNITY CONNECTION
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 of small agricultural communities throughout the Sacramento Valley.
QUIET: PACIFIC FLYWAY
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES