First Session Completed
The 2013-15 Rice Leadership Development
Program class participated in its first
session March 11-15, with a look at rice production
and marketing programs in the Gulf
Coast states of Texas and Louisiana.
In Texas, the group met with USA Rice
Federation staff and also visited Anheuser-
Busch, the largest domestic user of rice;
Creed Rice Inc., where alumnus Michael
Creed explained the role of international brokers;
and the offices of the USRPA.
Riviana Foods Inc. employees reviewed
consumer and industrial marketing techniques,
while alumni Terry Hlavinka, Jerry
Boettcher, Ralph Novosad and Linda Raun
spoke about Texas rice production before the
class visited the farms of Ronald Gertson and
The group also met with Dick Ottis, executive
vice president of Rice Belt Warehouse
Inc., the state’s largest rice storage facility,
before going to RiceTec Inc., where hybrid
rice production technology was discussed.
At the final stop in Texas, class members
met alumnus Mike Doguet and toured
Doguet’s Rice Mill, Sod Farm and Cattle
Ranch in Beaumont.
In Louisiana, the class met with alumnus
Philip Bertrand of Farmers Rice Milling
Company in Lake Charles, who explained
Louisiana rice marketing; then traveled to
Crowley for a tour of the LSU AgCenter Rice
Research Station, where alumnus Dr. Steve
Linscombe summarized the latest rice
research. In Lacassine, alumnus Mark Pousson
gave the class an overview of the new
South Louisiana Rail Facility.
After a stop at JohnPac Inc. to observe bag
manufacturing, the class toured the farm of
alumnus Christian Richard. Session I concluded
with a visit to Russell Marine Group
in Metairie and a tour of a mid-stream loading
facility on the Mississippi River, where
they observed a ship being loaded with longgrain
rice headed for Venezuela.
The Rice Leadership Development Program
is sponsored by John Deere Company,
RiceTec Inc. and American Commodity
Company through The Rice Foundation and
is managed by the USA Rice Federation.
New Rice ‘Cheat Sheet’
The University of Arkansas Cooperative
Extension Service has produced a reference
sheet listing all the basics for rice farming.
The fact sheet was compiled by Dr. Jarrod
Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the
University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture; Lance Schmidt, Extension area
rice agronomist; and Ralph Mazzanti, also
an Extension area rice agronomist.
Go to www.arkansas-crops.com/wp-content/ uploads/2013/02/2013-Arkansas-Rice- Quick-Facts.pdf. Copies also will soon be
available at county Extension offices.