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Texas A&M ‘wild pig wars’ leader tapped to lead national task force

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• By Kay Ledbetter • When it comes to “wild pig wars,” Dr. John Tomeček — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management — has been leading the charge in Texas. Now he’s been tapped to take his leadership skills to the national level as the chair-elect of the National Wild ... Read More »

Arkansas State’s annual ag business conference goes virtual Feb. 10

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Arkansas State University’s annual Agribusiness Conference will be a virtual event in 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 virtual conference will be presented live via WebEx Wednesday, Feb. 10. The 27th annual conference will focus on the outlook for the economy and agribusiness, commodity markets, and the impact of the 2020 election on agricultural policy. The event will ... Read More »

Texas rice producers donate 11,000 pounds of rice for the holidays

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Struggling families in a 21-county area served by the Central Texas Food Bank will have something to be thankful for this Christmas as the Western Rice Belt Conference Committee donated 11,000 pounds of rice. Committee members, who farm in an area served by Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado county offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, decided to make the donation ... Read More »

Mississippi ag industry posted 2020 estimated value of $7.35 billion

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Mississippi farmers generated an estimated agricultural value of $7.35 billion in 2020, a 5% increase from 2019 that saw soybeans top forestry for the No. 2 spot behind poultry. The predicted total ag value exceeds 2019’s production value of $7.01 billion, marking the ninth consecutive year that agriculture topped $7 billion in the state. Keith Coble, head of the Mississippi ... Read More »

USDA-ARS researcher recognized with 2020 USA Rice Sustainability Award

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• By Lydia Holmes • Dr. Michele Reba, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agricultural Agriculture Research Service, is the 2020 recipient of the USA Rice Sustainability Award. Reba was chosen for her leadership and innovative research around sustainable rice production. Her specialties in civil engineering and hydrology make her unique in the rice research world. But what ... Read More »

2020 National Rice Month scholarship contest sets records

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• By Lesley Dixon • Before the panel of judges watched the first video in this year’s National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest, the 2020 entries made an impression just on their sheer number — a record-breaking 107. “Since 2016, when the contest went solely to video and opened up to all high school seniors from one of the six ... Read More »

UArk student compares U.S. jasmine-type cultivars to Thai jasmine

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Breeders in Arkansas, California and Louisiana have all released jasmine-type rice cultivars. Until recently, no one has characterized their physical, chemical, thermal and pasting properties and compared them to imported Thai jasmine, which comprises about 60% to 70% of U.S imported rice. Anastasia Mills, an undergraduate student in the University of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life ... Read More »

UC names Rice Yield Contest top yielders

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Three California rice producers have been named top yielders in their respective production regions in the 2020 University of California Rice Yield Contest. Their names will now be put in a drawing for a chance to win a John Deere Gator, said Bruce Linquist, UC Cooperative Extension rice specialist. The recipient will be named during the UC Cooperative Extension winter ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice Cultivar Testing, 2018-2020

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The University of Arkansas recently published cultural performance data from the Arkansas Rice Performance Trials (ARPT), Commercial Rice Trials (CRT) in grower fields and from seeding date studies conducted during 2018-2020. These studies are supported through grower check-off funds administered by the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. Additional information can be found on the Extension rice website (http://www.uaex.edu/rice) and ... Read More »

Rice producer partners with UArk on forestry and wildlife programs

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• By Mary Hightower • The University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Five Oaks Ag Research and Education Center recently announced a partnership for forestry and wildlife research and a graduate certificate program in conservation, property and land management. The agreement was announced following a signing ceremony at the Five Oaks ... Read More »