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Episode 25: Go Time for Harvest and the Wildlife Migration

September 8th, 2021


Even during difficult times like we’ve been experiencing, it helps to look for the positive.

In Sacramento Valley rice country – two positives are …

Episode 24: Must Add Water

July 19th, 2021


What is shaping up as the most significant drought in decades has impacted much of the West.

A lack of adequate rain, sizzling temperatures and a snowpack that all but vanished have led to major cutbacks in surface …

Episode 23: Whatever it Takes

July 1st, 2021


The driest year in decades has been a jolt to much of California. Challenges extend beyond cities and farms, as wildlife is impacted by a sharp drop …

Episode 22: Nurturing Nature

May 31st, 2021


The driest year California has experienced since the 1970s will have wide-ranging impacts in the West.

In the Sacramento Valley, a reduced water supply will lead to about a 20 percent reduction in rice plantings.

The …

Episode 21: Dry Year Plans Taking Shape

May 1st, 2021


The coming weeks will be busy in the Sacramento Valley, as highly-skilled pilots plant this year’s rice crop.

Farmers are no stranger to challenges, and this year is no different. Below-par rain and snowfall have led to …

BONUS Episode: Leading with Compassion

April 19th, 2021


Taro Arai has an electric personality. As Chief Dreaming Officer for Mikuni, with nine popular restaurants and sushi bars in Northern California, his …

Episode 20: Moving Forward in a Dry Year

March 31st, 2021


Tractors are working ground in the Sacramento Valley, as the 2021 rice season is underway.

Whether it’s farmers, those in cities or for the environment, this year will pose challenges due to less than ideal rain and …

Episode 19: The Sushi Prodigy

February 28th, 2021


Sushi is often a high culinary art form and its popularity continues to grow. Since the countries first sushi roll was served in Little Tokyo Los …

Episode 18: History, Tradition and Compassion

January 31st, 2021


Chances are you may never have visited Richvale or even heard of it. This small town south of Chico and west of Oroville in Butte County boasts a …

Episode 17: An Incredible Journey Multiplied by 1.2 Million

January 3rd, 2021


It’s a miraculous journey done every year. An estimated 1.2 million snow geese are part of the annual Pacific Flyway migration, traveling thousands …

Episode 16: The Case for Sites

December 10th, 2020


Insufficient investment in water storage has brought about an almost yearly struggle in California, and another dry start to the rainy season is …

Episode 15: Where the Wild Things Are

November 19th, 2020


Their journey is long and exhausting. For those who follow their travels, it’s exhilarating.

Every fall and winter, the Sacramento Valley becomes a …

Episode 14: Refuge

October 29th, 2020


Like clockwork every fall and winter, Sacramento Valley rice country welcomes millions of visitors. They’re here for several months, to rest and refuel, before continuing on their epic annual journey.

The millions of …

Episode 13: Harvesting Rice with Kim Gallagher

September 27th, 2020


Before your sushi roll or rice bowl, there’s a team effort to grow, harvest, mill and ship the fundamental ingredient – California rice.

Fall is a …

S1 E12: Bartell’s Backroads

August 30th, 2020


California has long been a place with great scenery, diversity and creativity. Even with a challenging 2020, there are great places and interesting people hard at work.

John Bartell, a reporter for ABC 10-TV in …

S1 E11: Giants in the Rice Fields

July 23rd, 2020


Head north of Sacramento along any of the major freeways, you’ve likely seen the lush green rice fields with ubiquitous wildlife such as herons, hawks, and egrets. What may surprise you is just how diverse the rice …

S1 E10: Avocets, Ibis and Stilts, Oh My!

June 26th, 2020


The lush green color you see in the Sacramento Valley during summer is from a half-million acres of young rice fields. Those fields are not only …

S1 E9: Raining Rice in the Sacramento Valley

May 14th, 2020


It’s an annual occurrence throughout the Sacramento Valley; something countless motorists have seen while heading north of Sacramento – skilled pilots flying high-speed, GPS-guided airplanes, planting rice over a …

S1 E8: Essential Work in Rice Country

April 17th, 2020


Tractors are working ground, airplanes are flying and mills are in full production, marking another busy spring in Sacramento Valley rice country.

S1 E7: Ocean Bound

April 1st, 2020


In less than a minute, a large group of young salmon were released into the Sacramento River, en route to the Pacific Ocean.

These were no ordinary fish. Equipped with small transmitters, these baby salmon are part …

S1 E6: Helping Salmon

March 3rd, 2020


Rice fields in the Sacramento Valley are remarkably productive and versatile. From spring into fall, they produce virtually all of America’s sushi rice. In the fall and winter, those same fields are home to millions of …

S1 E5: Hard Work, Done Right

February 3rd, 2020


California rice has been grown for more than a century, and is known worldwide for consistently high quality and steady production. A lot of factors contribute to that reputation, including many people working hard …

S1 E4: Ducks Love Rice

January 1st, 2020


They are one of the world’s iconic birds. They quack and waddle on land, which is a sharp contrast to their grace in the water and air.  The Sacramento Valley is home to millions of ducks, and rice fields play a vital …

S1 E3: Life is a Flyway

November 29th, 2019


If you think your nearest highway packs a lot of traffic, it probably doesn’t hold a candle to the air traffic in the Sacramento Valley each fall …

S1 E2: Snow Goose Farms

October 25th, 2019


Fall in the Sacramento Valley means the rice harvest and the return of welcome guests from far away. Millions of birds are now arriving in rice fields and wildlife refuges, as part of their epic annual journey along …

S1 E1: The Starting Point of Your Sushi Roll

September 27th, 2019


It’s harvest time in the rice fields of the Sacramento Valley, where virtually all of America’s sushi rice is grown. Join us as we go on a harvester ride with grower Brian McKenzie in Sutter County, to find out just …

Season 1 Pilot: Armstrong & Getty

September 16th, 2019


Our first-ever episode includes a discussion with radio hosts Jack Armstrong & Joe Getty.  Topics include the vital role of California rice for …

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