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.