Rep. Berry recognized as agriculture, rice industry leader
The USA Rice Federation recently recognized Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR), above left, for his longstanding support of American farmers and the U.S. rice industry. During the opening general session of the 2010 Government Affairs Conference, Arkansas Rice Producers’ Group chairman Gary Sebree, who attended high school with Berry, presented a plaque to the lawmaker in recognition of this service. Berry announced last month that he plans to retire from Congress at the end of his term.
In a brief acceptance speech, the congressman, who is from a rice farming family, said he is “extremely proud” to be part of the rice industry and to have had the opportunity to serve Arkansas in Congress.
Berry also thanked USA Rice and the Arkansas Rice Federation for their loyal support during his tenure and urged attendees to keep American servicemen and their families in their thoughts and prayers.
LSU AgCenter agent starts crawfish blog
Crawfish farmers and consumers can get a weekly snapshot of what is happening in the crawfish market with a Web log produced by the LSU AgCenter. Richard Johnson, LSU AgCenter aquaculture agent, said the blog will be updated every Monday.
“The purpose is to get more immediate information out to the producers so they can respond more quickly,” Johnson says.
The first installment that came out Feb. 22 gave details about how the cold temperatures are affecting the crawfish catch.
“It’s a biological response,” Johnson says. “They just don’t move around much because they are cold-blooded animals.”
Johnson said the Web site has a feature that allows visitors to leave comments and ask questions, and he’s already received a few. The blog can be found at http://lsuagcentercrawfish.wordpress.com/. Contact Richard Johnson at (337) 788-7547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DU helps sponsor ‘Pigs in Flight’ barbeque competition
Are you and your friends eager to prove once and for all that your barbecue is the best in town? If so, Ducks Unlimited is providing you with the chance.
DU has partnered with the Memphis Barbeque Network (MBN) to bring the first annual “Pigs In Flight” Barbecue Competition and Festival to Memphis, March 25-27, at DU’s national headquarters – One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, Tenn.
Waterfowling and barbecue have long been Southern traditions, and for the first time in the Memphis area, DU is bringing the two together for a three-day competition and festival. The event will culminate with an awards presentation, live auction, raffle and more. As a sanctioned event through the MBN, the Grand Champion of this event will also earn a spot in the MBN Championships that are held annually.
Cash payouts and/or trophies will be awarded. Competition rules and regulations, along with more details about the festival, can be found at http://bbq.ducks.org.
California Agricultural Vehicle reporting forms due soon
By March 31, 2010, fleets utilizing the agricultural vehicles provision must report information on the fleet as it existed on Jan. 1, 2009, and report by Jan. 31 each year thereafter. This includes all low, limited and specialty vehicles.
The 2010 Agricultural Reporting Forms are available for downloading at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onrdiesel/reporting.htm. Agricultural fleets reporting on March 31, 2010, should provide the odometer reading of their vehicles as of Jan. 1, 2010. You must indicate on the form which type or mileage threshold fits your needs and stay at or below that mileage threshold until Dec. 31.
Specialty agricultural vehicles have no mileage limits, but what can be included in this category is very limited.