Refuges may get some financial relief (West Nile)

Mike Riley

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The Sac Bee Business Section had a good article today concerning rice growers and West Nile. The Butte County Mosquito Vector (and a couple of other counties/Butte is just the most ardent) had been trying to bill "the $hit" out of wildlife areas and hunting clubs to avoid billing rice growers for the problem. Well that all looks to be changing now. If the rice growers start paying a "fair share" per acre that will take a lot of financial pressure off of state wildlife areas and duck clubs (that can't effort to carry the cost by themselves). This is good from 2 stand points - it will help relieve some problems during flood-up and it will help this areas hold water on during nesting/brood season. Both should be major positives for ducks and duckhunters. Spreading out the financial burben is only fair and right. I realize rice growers compete in a tough commodity market where passing cost sometimes can be tough, so remember to buy CA grown rice when you shop. That few cents more for a 5 lb box/bag maybe a great invest for your duckhunting.
 

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Is less rice better or worse for duck hunters? I know how Klamath, Grasslands, and Suisun Marsh hunters feel. LOL
Perhaps less rice is better. Maybe we should buy Japanese rice???


It will be interesting to see if this impacts the rice industry as far as acres planted. A few thousand acres of fallow ground could raise some mallards if placed in areas adjacent to water or rice fields. The unused water for rice could be sold to municipalities, thus creating a win/win for the citizens of CA, the farmers, reducing the spread of West Nile, and helping the ducks, too.
 

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Originally posted by CalBaer@Jul 23 2004, 09:47 AM
It will be interesting to see if this impacts the rice industry as far as acres planted. A few thousand acres of fallow ground could raise some mallards if placed in areas adjacent to water or rice fields. The unused water for rice could be sold to municipalities, thus creating a win/win for the citizens of CA, the farmers, reducing the spread of West Nile, and helping the ducks, too.
As rice growers do inadvertently set up thouasands of acres of mostquito heaven, they should bear some of that cost. And an easy solution for a rice grower to cover the costs of having to spray for West Nile is to incorporate that into his duck lease(s). After all, it woul;d be easy for those guys shelling out $10,000 a year or more to add another $1000 to cover the costs. Aviation fuel ain't cheap.
 
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