Rice Farming

Cream Of The Crop

2008 award recipients honored at
USA Rice Outlook Conference


Will Hetzel Will Hetzel is the 2008 National Rice Month Scholarship grand prize winner. Hetzel, the son of Mindy and Glen Hetzel of Jennings, La., took the NRM Scholarship $3,500 grand prize with his September campaign, “From the Fields of Hathaway,” a multi-media campaign featuring news stories and other promotional efforts designed to spotlight the U.S. rice industry. The scholarship was presented to Hetzel during the 2008 USA Rice Outlook Conference.
Martin Ahrent Martin Ahrent of Corning, Ark., was the recipient of the 2008 Rice Lifetime Achievement Award. Among his many accomplishments, Ahrent – who is passionate about promoting rice – served on the Arkansas Rice Council from 1958-2004, the USA Rice Council for 40 years and is a strong proponent of Riceland’s Corning Grain Drying cooperative. He also is a family man and a community leader.
Milt LaMalfa 2008 Rice Awards recipients were honored for their significant contributions to the rice industry. Syngenta, Rice Farming magazine and the USA Rice Federation sponsor the prestigious program. Milton LaMalfa, 71, of Richvale, Calif., selected as the Rice Farmer of the Year, passed away in October, but his family accepted the posthumous award on his behalf. Back row: Milt’s son Doug LaMalfa, Rice Farming editor Carroll Smith and Milt’s son-in-law Scott Smith. Front row: Rice Farming publisher Lia Guthrie, daughter Sherry LaMalfa Smith, granddaughter Alexa Koehnen, granddaughter Shanna Smith, daughter Lisa Koehnen, Milt’s wife Karon LaMalfa and son-in-law Kalin Koehnen.
John Cummings John Cummings of Fort Collins, Colo., was the recipient of the 2008 Rice Industry Award. He distinguished himself throughout much of his career by working to reduce blackbird damage to rice. Cummings was key in maintaining DRC-1339 as a blackbird management tool and striving to develop an effective non-lethal blackbird repellent.