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- For Keith Davis, who produces wild rice for Uncle Ben’s, as well as commodity rice, on K&S Farming around Yuba City, Calif., the lack of progress on a farm bill is putting a lot of pressure on young farmers. "I don’t know how they’re going to cope with it. And with the new banking regulations, there’s not nearly as much leeway as there was when farming got bad in the 1980s, which is when I got started."
Seth Fiack, who produces medium-grain rice and walnuts around Ordbend, Calif., says his biggest concerns are ever-mounting layers of regulation, especially regarding air quality and pesticides. “This whole arsenic thing that went down was nothing more than a lot of misinformation coming out about U.S. rice. It’s a whole lot of slander, and you can even go after them.”
Fiack doesn’t plan major changes in his crop mix next year. “We might add shorter varieties on the first couple of fields we plant to avoid some of that weather that seems to be hitting in the middle of November instead of late November.”