From The Editor

Retiring rice leadership ‘dad’ leaves huge boots to fill

Vicky Boyd

Chuck Wilson, who manages the Rice Leadership Development Program and is director of The Rice Foundation, is like a proud father when one of his leadership graduates shines. In fact, he refers to the producers and allied industry members who have graduated the 28-year-old program as his “174 children.” Read More »

Laissez les bons temps rouler

Vicky Boyd

The Cajun French have an expression, “Laissez les bons temps rouler,” which means “let the good times roll.” And nowhere do the good times roll more than during Mardi Gras, regardless of where the parades and parties are held. Read More »

Look how far the industry has come!

Vicky Boyd

As I drove home last summer after photographing sweet rice harvest in Northern California, I was itching so badly I could hardly sit still. But my discomfort also brought back a story a Des Arc, Ark., producer told me years ago about harvest when he was growing up. Read More »

Water woes take top billing, regardless of where you farm

Vicky Boyd

For nearly eight hours recently, I listened to impassioned pleas from farmers, fishermen, politicians, environmentalists and the public about the California Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to nearly double the amount of free-flowing water in Stanislaus River tributaries. Read More »

Take time to enjoy your ‘football’ family

Vicky Boyd

Fall is my favorite time of year, with the waning of hot weather, the crisp mornings and four-plus months of football to look forward to. Not only do sports bring families closer together in many ways, but they also provide at least a few hours of weekly diversion from the pressing issues of life.  Read More »

Players likely available for future drafts

Vicky Boyd

In the National Football League, statisticians, spotters and officials use flip cards to keep track of players, their numbers, their positions and starting line-ups. But it’s common for different players to start the game than were originally noted. Some changes are due to last-minute health issues, but other decisions were made to try to trip up opponents. Read More »

A recipe for success

Vicky Boyd

If you’re not involved in routine grocery shopping and preparing the evening meal most nights, you may not realize the role that recipes and recipe development plays in promoting a commodity. And it doesn’t matter the crop, either. Read More »