Author Archives: Vicky

LSU AgCenter experts offer tips on upcoming season

Adam Famoso LSU AgCenter

• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields. The meetings were held in Welsh, Vidrine and Crowley, and more are scheduled. Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said the medium-grain ... Read More »

California producers to vote on assessment increase in June

California Rice Commission logo

After review of projected monitoring and reporting costs along with fees for the state’s rice waste discharge requirements, the California Rice Commission board decided in December to begin the process for an industry vote to increase the assessment cap. Currently, it is set at 15 cents per hundredweight, and the board decided to seek a 20 cent cap. The commission ... Read More »

Researchers go back to the future in search of rice traits

collecting samples

• By Bruce Schultz • The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is collaborating with a Cornell University-based project aimed at studying the ancestors of what became the modern rice plant. Researchers hope the work will uncover useful traits from the wild lines of rice that have been lost through domestication. Three wild strains of rice from China, ... Read More »

National Ag Law Center offers guidance on solar leases

A.J. Hood solar

With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns. The National Agricultural Law Center has published two guides to help landowners navigate solar leases. “The Farmland Owner’s Guide to Solar Leasing” and “Understanding Solar Energy Agreements” are meant ... Read More »

U Ark entomologists work on new armyworm defoliation thresholds

fall armyworm

Severe defoliation in rice from a large flight of fall armyworms in 2016 led researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to develop a new defoliation threshold, said Nick Bateman, assistant professor and crop entomologist. It is common to see fall armyworms, a defoliating caterpillar pest, in pastures and fields, he said. Defoliation is the removal of ... Read More »

Stay abreast of rice research at RTWG, Feb. 24-27, in Orange Beach, Alabama

RTWG, long beach

Every two years, rice researchers from around the nation and even internationally attend the Rice Technical Working Group meeting to share results and craft plans about future research directions. Mississippi State University will host the 38th RTWG, Feb. 24-27, 2020, at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. The agenda is chocked full of research topics as well as ... Read More »

Chinese rice buyers tour LSU AgCenter facility

touring LSU AgCenter greenhouse

• By Bruce Schultz • A group of seven Chinese rice buyers visited the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Dec. 12 as part of their tour through U.S. rice-growing areas. During the visit, China and the U.S. reached a preliminary trade agreement that increases Chinese purchases of a wide range of agricultural products, including rice. A Chinese ... Read More »

California Rice Commission receives $1.5 million NRCS conservation grant

california rice habitat

The California Rice Commission and its project partners have received a $1.5 million Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is in in partnership with NRCS, Ducks Unlimited, the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation, Point Blue Conservation Science and FlowWest. It is designed to: • Provide funding to enhance approximately 10,000 acres through ... Read More »

Dictionary catches up to industry’s long-time sustainability efforts

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• By Kane Webb • “Our Past,” a daily column that appears in the Lake Charles American Press, pulls memorable stories from local news printed on the same day from 10, 25, 50 and 75 years ago. Recently, the southwest Louisiana rice industry was mentioned for two stories covered on the same day in 2009, 10 years ago: announcement of ... Read More »

Jazzmen Rice releases first U.S.-grown jasmine flavored rices

Jazzmen Rice Logo

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, New Orleans-based Jazzmen Rice’s first flavored U.S.-grown premium jasmine rices — Saffron and Creole Tomato — will hit retail markets in New Orleans this month. Made with real saffron and turmeric, the Jazzmen Rice Saffron blend infuses flavor into a high-quality, soft, long-grain, white jasmine rice. Saffron is among the most prized spices in ... Read More »