CFBF Endorses LaMalfa For Congress
As a state senator,
Doug LaMalfa has
remained true to his
roots as a fourthgeneration
and stood up
to protect California’s
to the California
Farm Bureau Federation.
Citing LaMalfa’s work to protect private
property rights and increase the state’s
water supply, CFBF has endorsed LaMalfa in
his candidacy for the U.S. Congress.
After serving in both the state Senate and
Assembly, LaMalfa, a Republican, seeks
election in the 1st Congressional District representing
all or part of Butte, Glenn, Lassen,
Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra,
Siskiyou and Tehama counties.
“Doug LaMalfa has always recognized the
value agriculture brings to the economy and
the environment,” California Farm Bureau
President Paul Wenger says. “As a farmer, he
knows the importance of efficiency and running
an economically viable business, one
that he can pass on to future generations. In
these tough economic times and in a contentious
political environment, Doug stands
up for what he believes in and knows how
to get things done.”
Wenger added that LaMalfa’s understanding
of important issues facing farmers
and ranchers has become invaluable.
“With Doug LaMalfa in Congress, I know
that there will be another voice of reason
when burdensome environmental regulations
or shortsighted views of property rights threaten
the ability for family farmers and ranchers
to do what they do best,” Wenger says.
“Washington, D.C., could use a dose of clear
thinking and solid work ethic from this
Facet L Herbicide Liquid Formulation Now Available
BASF Crop Protection has announced that
Facet L herbicide, a high-performing liquid
formulation of quinclorac, is now available to
provide rice growers with an improved tool to
Facet L herbicide provides excellent control
of many yield-robbing weeds found in rice, including barnyardgrass, morningglory
species, hemp sesbania and crabgrass. It
also offers improved post-emergence weed
control compared to Facet 75 DF.
Facet L provides excellent handling
characteristics, easy mixing and broad tankmix
compatibility and has a wide application
window – approved for use from preplant
up to heading.
“Facet L herbicide is an excellent resistance
management tool and can be used with
the Clearfield Production System for rice,”
says Nocha Van Thielen, BASF Rice Marketing
Manager. “This liquid formulation
will allow rice growers to have more efficient
and consistent control of barnyardgrass
and other weeds that plague rice fields.”
Application rates for Facet L herbicide are
21 to 42 oz/A with a maximum of 42 oz/A
per season. For more information about Facet
L, contact your local BASF technical representative
or business representative.
BASF offers an online training module to
educate users about proper stewardship practices
for growers using the Clearfield Production
System for rice. Online training can
be found at http://edu.basf.us/clearfield/.
Rice Shipments Increase Eight Percent Over 2009-2010
The USA Rice Daily reported that U.S.
rice mills shipped nearly 12 billion pounds of
rice to domestic and international markets
from August 2010 to July 2011 – an eight percent increase over the 2009-2010 figure,
according to the annual USA Rice Federation
U.S. Rice Domestic Usage Report, which tracks shipments and consumption of U.S.
Additionally, rice imports declined for a
third consecutive year, down four percent to
1.3 billion pounds in 2010-2011 compared
with 2009-2010. Exports increased two percent
while domestic shipments increased by
More highlights from the report include
• Sixty-one percent of total shipments went
to the domestic market, and 39 percent were
• Of rice shipments to the U.S. segments,
61 percent went to direct food use, and 39
percent went to food processors. Twentyeight
percent of direct food use went to retail
grocery, 25 percent went to ethnic distributors,
18 percent to repackers and 17 percent
• Eighty-six percent of the rice consumed
in the United States is domestically grown,
and 14 percent is imported.
A full copy of the report can be obtained at
Strada Pro Herbicide Offered
Isagro USA announces the launch of
Strada Pro herbicide, a new broad spectrum
herbicide for superior weed control in rice,
including key weeds like yellow nutsedge,
hemp sesbania and jointvetch.
Strada Pro offers consistent and economic
control of broadleaf weeds and sedges,
providing longer lasting control to help eliminate
the need for mid-season applications.
Key benefits include:
• Superior and longer lasting control of
• Perfect partner in Clearfield rice.
• Application flexibility – can be used preplant
or post flood.
• Excellent crop tolerance.
According to Isagro, Strada Pro is the
strongest partner available to control key
weeds in a Clearfield rice/Newpath program.
Company Guarantees Soybean Yield Increase
Chemtura AgroSolutions guarantees
increased soybean yield when farmers use
Dimilin 2L insect growth regulator.
A proven yield enhancement tool, Dimilin
helps effectively set more pods and
increase seeds in pods when applied during
the R3 soybean growth stage. This results in a yield boost and increased profits. Chemtura
AgroSolutions guarantees this or will
cover the cost of application.
When applied in conjunction with a fungicide,
yields are enhanced further by improving
the health of the soybean plant. Both
products should be applied at the same critical
R3 growth stage.
Application timing is key for yield
enhancement, according to Keith Griffith,
Chemtura AgroSolutions technical sales
Dimilin also has gained praise from several
university researchers and Extension personnel.
Researchers have seen yield improvements
in nearly 80 percent of their trials.
“We ran three separate trials and consistently
had four to six bushels-per-acre yield
increases at all three locations,” says Dr. Gus
Lorenz, entomologist at the University of
Arkansas, Division of Agriculture. “Dimilin
is pretty much a stand-alone product in that
situation, and being an IGR, it’s not disruptive
on beneficial insects.”
Dimilin is effective on several key pests
because it disrupts chitin development. It
costs about $4 per acre. Using standard spray
equipment, Dimilin can be tankmixed with
fungicides as well as most adjuvants, liquid
fertilizers and pesticides.
For more information, visit www.ChemturaAgroSolutions.com/us or contact Keith Griffith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LFBF Backs Landowner Cleanup Bill
The state’s largest farm organization is
backing a bill in the Louisiana Legislature
that would allow both landowners and the
oil and gas industry to mediate cleanup issues
created by years of drilling on private lands.
Sen. Bret Allain (R-Franklin) introduced
substitute language to Senate Bill 731 that
would allow farmers and landowners to have
their property returned to pre-drilling conditions,
while drillers and oil companies would
not be held liable for pollution issues they
did not have a direct hand in creating.
The so-called “legacy cases,” pollution
issues dating back decades as a result of conditions
created by multiple drillers, have been
tied up in the Louisiana Department of Natural
Resources’ Office of Conservation for
years. The bill was approved by the Senate
Natural Resources Committee and now goes
to the full Senate for debate.
“The bill allows them (oil companies) to do
an omission of regulatory responsibility, without
admitting private damage, provides for
public hearings at the department (of Natural
Resources) upon their admission and
makes the process of the public hearing
admissible in a court of law,” Allain says.
Allain, a farmer and landowner, said his
family farm has experienced issues over the
years involving pollutants left behind by
drilling companies, or conditions that, while
considered “cleaned up,” didn’t meet some
state DEQ standards.
“Many landowners granted these leases in
good faith and hoped their land would be
returned in the condition it was found,” says
Ronnie Anderson, president of the Louisiana
Farm Bureau Federation. “Farmers and other
landowners don’t want these issues to end
up in court, but unless this bill is passed, these
sites could be in ligation for years and the
Section 18 Approved For Tenchu 20SG In Louisiana
LSU AgCenter entomologist Dr. Natalie
Hummel recently posted that a Section 18
request has been approved by EPA for the
use of Tenchu 20SG on up to 100,000 acres
of Louisiana rice to control stink bugs. This
product will provide an alternative mode of
action to the pyrethroids that are currently
registered for use in Louisiana.
The exemption expires Oct. 31, 2012. The
distributor in Louisiana is Michael Hensgens
with G&H in Crowley. According to Hensgens,
the suggested retail price is $24.30 per
pound, which at one-half pound per acre is
$12.15 per acre. The registered rate is from
7.5 to 10.5 ounces of product per acre. A
maximum of two applications can be made
per acre per season. A seven-day, pre-harvest
interval must be observed.
Be aware that this product is toxic to honeybees.
Read the Section 18 registration for
precautions to avoid bee injury. Contact
Hummel for more information at (225) 578-
7386 or email@example.com.
LA Extension Awards $34,000 In Special One-Year Grants
Five teams and two individuals have been
awarded a total of $33,852 to develop innovative
Extension programs over the next year,
according to Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice
chancellor and director of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.
The funding for these stipends comes from
previously awarded grants, which can be used
by administration to support programming
needs and opportunities. These are not stateappropriated
funds, Coreil said.
Dennis Burns and R.L. Frazier, both Extension
agents in northeast Louisiana, will use
their $5,000 grant to purchase computer
equipment as they help farmers in the region
keep pace with the advancements in