Will Rice Prices Increase?
Rice prices are likely to improve with the expectation that China will buy American rice and the Brazilian crop will be off this year, a rice marketing consultant said on Jan. 31 at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference.
U.S. rice acreage will drop this year but not by much because the price will increase, Milo Hamilton said at the conference. He said Texas buyers have benefitted from a 50-cent increase in Texas recently.
The Brazilian rice crop is suffering from a cold, wet year, and the South American country may have to import rice, Hamilton said. If that happens and the Chinese deal is made, “It could be an interesting spring.”
Scientists Receive Recognition
Several LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station scientists were recognized for their hard work and dedication recently.
Dr. Don Groth was presented the Rice Industry Award, and Dr. Ernest Girouard was presented the Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Diego on Dec. 10. Dr. Groth’s award cited his career-long efforts in rice disease control research, which have had significant positive benefits for the rice industry. Dr. Girouard was recognized for the numerous areas his work has enhanced the conservation efforts of the U.S rice industry.
Drs. Herry Utomo and Steve Linscombe were recognized at the LSU AgCenter Annual Conference on Dec. 17.
Dr. Utomo was the senior author of an article that was selected as the outstanding article of 2012 in Louisiana Agriculture, the quarterly magazine published by the LSU AgCenter. His article dealt with the research in the use of aerial seeding in coastal restoration.
Dr. Linscombe received the Doyle Chambers Research Award for his research in rice variety development
Central America Rice Outlook
In January, Carlos González, center, Business Manager of the DEMASA Rice
Group and President of FECARROZ from San Jose, Costa Rica, visited the Rice Research Station (RRS) in Crowley, La., to discuss U.S. rice quality and make a presentation
titled “Central America Rice Outlook.” González represents a five-country market that imports 700,000 metric tons of long-grain rice primarily from the United States.
Pictured with González are Randy Ouzts, General Manager, Horizon Ag; Carlos’ son, Jose González; Dwight Roberts, USRPA President and CEO; Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter rice breeder and RRS Director; Jose Antonio Martinez, Executive Director of FECARROZ; and Michael Fruge, District Sales Manager, Horizon Ag.