USDA economic survey set for January through April
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS) will spend the next several months
contacting farmers and ranchers across the
nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource
Management Survey (ARMS). The results
of this survey will serve as a baseline for
numerous federal policies and programs that
affect U.S. farms and farm families.
NASS conducts ARMS jointly with
USDA’s Economic Research Service. In an
effort to obtain the most accurate data, the
federal agencies will reach out to nearly
35,000 producers nationwide between late
January and April 2012.
The national survey asks the producers
to provide information on their operating
expenditures, production costs and household
“Decision makers from all facets of U.S.
agriculture will use the collective information
from ARMS to answer questions and
make important decisions concerning the
economic viability of American agriculture,
the rural economy and other emerging
issues,” says Dee Webb, Deputy Director
of the NASS North Carolina Field Office. “It
is imperative for all farmers contacted by
NASS to provide responses and help shape
the future of U.S. agriculture.”
As with all NASS surveys, information
provided by respondents is confidential by
law. NASS safeguards the confidentiality
of all responses, ensuring no individual
respondent or operation can be identified.
The economic data gathered in ARMS
will be published in the annual Farm Production
Expenditures report on Aug. 2,
2012. All NASS reports are available online
Meetings scheduled for California rice producers
The latest news on issues affecting California
rice farmers will be presented during
the upcoming annual grower meetings
held by the California Rice Commission
(CRC), scheduled for Jan. 12, 2012.
Those attending will receive an update
on news important to the rice industry from
the state capitol by George Soares, founding
member and partner of the prestigious law
firm Kahn, Soares and Conway. Randy Russell, partner of the government relations
firm, Russell and Barron, will detail the latest
from Washington, D.C. The CRC will
outline its activities in the regulatory, conservation
and public education areas.
The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m.
and will be held at the Bonanza Inn Magnuson
Grand Hotel in Yuba City, while the
afternoon meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m.
at the Colusa Casino Resort Conference
Center in Colusa. Registration will be held
30 minutes prior to each meeting.
All members of the rice industry are
encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be
served, and there will be raffle prizes at each
meeting. Dow AgroSciences is sponsoring
this year’s meetings.
For more information about the events,
contact Jim Morris at (916) 387-2264 or
2012 Rice Leadership Development Program class
Members of the 2012 Rice Leadership Development Program class were announced
in December during the annual Rice Awards Luncheon at the USA Rice Outlook
Conference in Austin.
The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals
selected by a committee of agribusiness leaders.
The new rice producer class members are Brian Barrett, Arbuckle, Calif.; Rance
Daniels, Hornersville, Mo.; Timothy Gertson, Lissie, Texas; Noble Guedon, Natchez,
Miss.; and Clint Roth, Stuttgart, Ark. The new industry-related class members are
Natalie Hummel, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.; and Brice
Lauppe, Farmer’s Rice Cooperative, Roseville, Calif.
The Rice Leadership Development Program gives young men and women a comprehensive
understanding of the U.S. rice industry, with an emphasis on personal
development and communication training.
During a two-year period, the new class members will attend four one-week sessions
that are designed to strengthen their leadership skills.
John Deere Company, RiceTec Inc. and American Commodity Company sponsor the
Rice Leadership Development Program through a grant to The Rice Foundation. The
USA Rice Federation administers the program.
Arkansas Farm Family of the Year
Heath Long, his wife Betsy and daughters
Shelby and Sydney were named the 65th
annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year
recently. As a fourth generation rice farmer,
Long owns Long Planting Company and
has been working on the family farm all of his life. After graduating from Arkansas
State University in 1995, he returned to farm
rice, soybeans and wheat on 2,243 acres
south of DeWitt.
Long is active in the community as a volunteer
firefighter and is vice president of
the Arkansas County Farm Bureau. He is
also a member of the Arkansas Rice Council
Board of Directors, USA Rice Council
Board of Directors and the USA Rice Federation
Europe, Africa and Middle East Promotion
and Latin America Trade Policy
Subcommittees. The Arkansas farmer also
is a past graduate of the Rice Leadership
The Longs, as Arkansas Farm Family of
the Year, will compete in the 2012 Swisher
Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program against farm families
from 10 Southeastern states with the overall
winner being announced in October.
Texas drought and lake water levels on interactive Web site
For Texas rice producers or anyone else
interested in following the developments
regarding drought and lake water levels,
check out the interactive Web site at
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s
(LCRA) Hydromet system allows you to
select one of the eight map locations to
highlight. The maps range from the Upper
Northeast region near Abilene to the Highland
Lakes area to the city of Austin and
down to the Gulf Coast at Matagorda Bay.
National Rice Month grand prize winner announced
The 2011 National Rice Month Scholarship grand prize was awarded to Kori Caswell
of Hannibal, Mo.
Caswell took top honors and earned a $4,000 scholarship for her promotion about the
importance of choosing U.S.-grown rice. She conducted innovative promotions, including
recording an original jingle that was featured on three radio spots.
Additional National Rice Month scholarship prizes were awarded to Haley Strutz of
Cotton Plant, Ark., (second place, $3,000) and Luke MacFarlan of Siloam Springs, Ark.,
(third place, $1,500).
The scholarship is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.