Rice Farming

 - From the Editor -

Good job, sq!

By Carroll Smith

Late one Tuesday afternoon, two days before Christmas, I opened up an email and read the contents with mixed emotions.

“As all of you know, I will be retiring from LSU AgCenter on Jan. 1, 2009. I have enjoyed a wonderful career here in southwest Louisiana. The producers, ag support industries and the LSU AgCenter staff have made this job one that I looked forward to every day.

“I don’t regret the decision to retire, but I can promise you I will miss the work and the friendships that have developed through the years. My wife and I will continue to make our home here in Jennings, and we hope to see all of you at some time or another. Thanks for your friendship.” – sq

Charles “Eddie” Eskew (sq) had announced his retirement after dedicating many years to the LSU AgCenter Extension Service, during most of which he was the county agent for Jeff Davis Parish. I am happy for Eddie and his family and hope they relax and enjoy themselves. Selfishly, though, I will miss Eddie’s knowledge, his willingness to share it and the many contributions he made to the rice industry.

One project Eddie initiated that particularly stood out to me as a communicator was his initiative to spread the word about anything to do with rice. Back in the day before we became email junkies, Eddie started the Jeff Davis Rice Talk newsletter. As Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialist points out, “In those days it took a lot of preparation because the letter had to be written, printed, then mailed to clients all in a timely fashion because much of the information was time-sensitive.”

As technology advanced, Eddie began distributing his newsletter via computer, which meant the information was disseminated more quickly and at a cost savings, too. But my personal favorite was what I called, “Eddie’s email list.” He had a data base of email addresses that was the envy of everyone in the industry.
Every day I could count on receiving several messages from Eddie full of good rice information, event dates, newsletters, product status updates and market overviews just to name a few. And most of the time they arrived early in the morning – farmers’ hours.

On behalf of everyone here at One Grower Publishing, Eddie, I wish you the best and thank you for your many years of unselfish service to rice.

Good job, sq!

Send your comments to: Editor, Rice Farming Magazine, 5118 Park Ave., Suite 111, Memphis, Tenn., 38117. Call (901) 767-4020 or e-mail csmith@onegrower.com.