Colusa County
University of California
Colusa County


Rice is one of the major crops grown in the Sacramento Valley of California. Aproximately 500,000 acres are planted yearly.

General objectives of the Rice Farming Systems program are:

  • To develop and implement educational and applied research programs appropriate for the rice industries in Colusa, Glenn and Yolo Counties.
  • To collect and disseminate relevant and current information that will improve rice production and maximize net farm income, while conserving natural resources and safeguarding the environment.

Luis Espino conducts the Cooperative Extension Rice Farming Systems program in Colusa, Glenn and Yolo Counties. Luis has a Ph.D. in Entomology (2007), and M.Ag. (1999) and a B.S. (1996) in Agronomy . Luis can be contacted at the Colusa office at 530-458-0578 or 530-635-6234, or at

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Photo of Luis Espino PhD Luis Espino PhD
Title: Rice Farm Advisor
Specialty: Entomology, Agronomy
Cooperative Extension Colusa County
PO Box 180, 100 Sunrise Boulevard
Suite E
Colusa, CA 95932
Phone: (530) 458-0578


UC Rice Blog

  • Insect Pest Management in Rice Mills and Rice Storage Facilities Workshop

    Added March 6, 2017

    Optimizing Insect Control and Grain Quality Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:00AM - 3:00PM Lundberg Family Farms 5311 Midway Richvale, CA 95974 We would like to invite you to attend an exciting and informative workshop on insect pest management at rice...

  • Tadpole shrimp clicker survey results

    Added February 22, 2017

    During our Jan 2017 winter meetings, I conducted a short clicker survey about how bad tadpole shrimp (TPS) has become in the past few years. There were a couple of technical difficulties, and attendees to the Richvale meeting didn't get to see the answer...

  • Meeting Reminder: UCCE Rice Meetings This Week

    Added January 23, 2017

    The University of California Cooperative Extension annual rice meetings will be held this week. As usual, we will have four locations. However, note the change of venue for the Glenn and Colusa meetings this year. This year these meetings will be at...

  • Weedy Rice in California: An Update

    Added January 9, 2017

    In the past year, the California rice industry has begun to deal with a new pest: “weedy rice”, also known as “red rice”. Weedy rice is a common weed in rice-growing regions of the world, and when infestations are...

  • 2017 UCCE Rice Grower Meetings

    Added January 3, 2017

    WHERE & WHEN Richvale: Thursday, Jan. 26, 8:30 am, Evangelical Church, 5219 Church St., Richvale Glenn: Thursday, Jan. 26, 1:30 pm, Glenn County Office of Education, 311 South Villa Avenue, Willows Colusa: Friday, Jan. 27, 8:30 am,...

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