Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Unique Opportunities

Convention brings together the world of technology and rice marketers in Houston. Although the focus of the Rice Market & Technology Convention has always be on the rice market of the Americas, the success of this event has spread to other regions of the world. The 2016 edition, scheduled for May 31-June 2 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston, ... Read More »

USA Rice readies for full plate of issues in Washington, D.C.

Some trading ‘partners’ fail to live up to their agreements. Just as you’re getting your farms ready for the next rice-growing season, we’re getting ready here in Washington, D.C., for the next legislative season, finalizing priorities and planning for the year ahead.  And what a year it is promising to be. The second session of the 114th Congress has what ... Read More »

Industry News

University of California launches new rice website The University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources has launched a new website designed to be a one-stop shop of production-related information and research. Found at, University of California Rice Online contains information on variety trials, herbicide resistance, degree-days, fertility management, pest management, past Extension presentations and upcoming meetings, among ... Read More »

Masters of conservation

Voluntary program helps Louisiana producers improve natural resource management while bolstering sustainability and economics. By Vicky Boyd Editor Richard Fontenot, who farms with his brother, Neal, near Ville Platte, La., looks at the Louisiana Master Farmer Program as an integral part of their operation’s succession plan. “It enhances some of your conservation efforts and allows you to be a little ... Read More »

Rice Quality Matters: to Horizon Ag

“Horizon Ag continues to be committed to improving rice quality, working with our public breeding partners as well as rice buyers to develop better-quality varieties that bring value not only to the end buyers and end users, but to the farmer as well.” – Tim Walker Since 2011, Horizon Ag has helped drive an industry-wide discussion and effort to improve ... Read More »

Entering 2016

USA Rice Sets Key Priorities for the New Year. By Betsy Ward President and CEO USA Rice Federation Our most successful USA Rice Outlook Conference ever is freshly behind us and a new year is stretching out before us, so this seems like a good time to lay out some of our key priorities for 2016. International Trade With nearly ... Read More »