Ducks Unlimited Receives Conservation Achievement Award
Ducks Unlimited (DU) Inc. is the recipient of the USA Rice Federation’s Distinguished
Conservation Achievement Award, which recognizes the organization’s leadership
in and contributions to U.S. wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The award
honors those whose exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation
benefit natural resources and wildlife significantly, with those values and benefits
being extended to the local, state and national communities.
“Ducks Unlimited is an outstanding conservation organization with a longstanding
commitment to conservation, restoration and management of wetlands,” California rice
producer Nicole Montna Van Vleck says. “It is our great honor to recognize these
efforts with this award.”
Ducks Unlimited First Vice President George Dunklin and Senior Vice President Paul
Bonderson, Jr., accepted the award on behalf of Ducks Unlimited.
“As an Arkansas rice farmer, conservationist and avid duck hunter, it is a great
honor for an organization that I have such passionate feelings about to be the recipient
of this prestigious award,” Dunklin says. “Nothing makes me prouder than to have my
rice industry recognize DU’s tremendous contributions to the world of conservation and
wetlands, and I can assure you that Ducks Unlimited considers America’s rice growers
to be distinguished conservationists and key partners as well.”
Arkansan Mark Hartz Elected 2012 NAAA President
The National Agricultural Aviation Association
(NAAA) is pleased to announce that
Mark Hartz of Almyra, Ark., has been elected
President of NAAA for 2012. Hartz is the
co-owner of Grand Prairie Dusters Inc., a
two-airplane operation that has been in business
for 23 years.
Hartz and his business partner, Scott Goetz,
operate off of a municipal airport and have the
added responsibility of managing the airport.
They are primarily a rice operation but also
treat wheat, soybeans and corn.
Hartz’s term as president marks his third
officer role at the national level. He says he
finds it gratifying to see such a large group of
people working together for a common cause.
“It’s an education to see exactly what
NAAA does and how much time is
involved,” Hartz says. “And some of my
greatest friends on earth come from my association
with the NAAA.”
New Herbicide Offered For Preplant Burndown
Rice growers seeking to get early control of
the toughest broadleaf weeds – including
glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and
marestail – now have the option of using
Sharpen herbicide, powered by Kixor herbicide
technology, for preplant burndown.
“Sharpen gives growers the opportunity
to incorporate another site of action, helping
them prevent and manage a broad range of
resistant broadleaf weeds,” says Bryan Perry,
Kixor Marketing Manager with BASF. “In
addition to Palmer amaranth and marestail,
Sharpen has been proven effective at controlling
morningglory and smartweed.”
Sharpen also provides rice growers with
a fast, flexible option for burndown. Sharpen
is three to five times faster than 2,4-D ester
and glyphosate, and its residual activity can
provide a wider, more effective window for
postemergence herbicide applications.
Formulation Improves Activity, Broadens Weed Spectrum
Gowan Company, LLC announced full
Federal registration for Permit Plus herbicide
for sedge and broadleaf weed control in
rice. With Federal registration, state registrations
will now be applied for in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas
beginning March 13, 2012. Growers used Permit Plus on rice in the 2011 season under
a 24(c) registration in the states of Arkansas,
Louisiana and Mississippi.
The new formulation – Permit Plus – offers
improved activity on Permit’s spectrum of
weeds. Permit Plus controls four additional
broadleaf species that Permit did not control,
including groundcherry, eclipta, ducksalad
and Texasweed with improved efficacy on
certain species of smartweeds.
“With Permit Plus, producers will benefit
from a step up in control and consistency of
problematic weeds infesting rice fields
today,” says Gowan product manager Eric
Permit Plus is also registered for use in
field corn, sulfonylurea-tolerant (STS) soybeans
and fallow applications.
Congressman Presses U.S. Rice With Iraq
Congressman Rick Crawford led members
of the House Rice Caucus in calling on
Iraq to ease import rules for American rice.
Crawford co-founded the Rice Caucus in the
United States House of Representatives and
took the lead on sending a letter to Iraqi Minister
of Trade Khair Alla Babaker asking him
to ease import rules for American rice.
“Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in
Arkansas’s First District,” Crawford says.
“As a member of the House Agriculture
Committee and co-founder of the Rice Caucus
in the House of Representatives, I am
working to encourage fair trade practices so
our farmers can continue producing the safest,
most abundant supply of food in the world.
“Iraq has been one of the largest markets
for U.S. rice up until recently. From 2010 to
2011, U.S. rice exports to Iraq have fallen
77 percent,” Crawford says. “In our letter to
Iraq’s Minister of Trade, the Rice Caucus is
asking for a level playing field so that American
rice producers do not have a competitive
Crawford and other members of the Rice
Caucus pointed to Iraq’s requirement of prebagging
rice instead of allowing bagging at
the destination point as an area where compromise
can occur. The letter also asserted
the quality standards for chalk content and
“The Rice Caucus will continue efforts to
expand trade opportunities with Iraq and other
nations,” Crawford says. “I am hopeful that
Iraq will ease import rules for American rice.”
Insecticide EUP Trials
Valent U.S.A. Corporation has reported
that in a series of Experimental Use Permit
(EUP) trials in 2011, a soon-to-be-registered
seed protection product – NipsIt INSIDE
insecticide – has shown positive results as a
long-lasting tool for dry-seeded rice growers
to fight early season pests.
In the trials across nearly 150 rice fields
in Texas and the Mid-South, more than 90
percent of rice seed treaters reported they
were “very satisfied” to “extremely satisfied”
with the results they saw from NipsIt INSIDE
as a rice seed treatment.