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USDA announces aid for producers affected by the pandemic

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• By Jamison Cruce • The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the Pandemic Assistance for Producers (PAP) initiative that provides aid to agricultural producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $12 billion initiative contains four parts, including $4.5 billion in direct payments to farmers as provided for in the COVID aid package passed and signed into law in December ... Read More »

USDA, Extension provide trapping assistance to fight feral hogs

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many human activities, it hasn’t stopped feral hogs from reproducing and causing damage. Throughout 2021, the Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and other partnering organizations, is reaching out to residents to help reduce populations of the rampaging ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice seeks high schoolers to become ‘Rice Reps’

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Arkansas Rice is once again seeking high school juniors and seniors in the state who want to learn more about rice and participate in rice advocacy programs. Participants also will be eligible for 10 scholarships. The program,  dubbed “Rice Reps,” runs from May through September and is sponsored by Arkansas Rice. During this period, reps will actively participate in a ... Read More »

Producers Rice, solar firm ink deal to build solar project

More than 18 months in the works, Producers Rice Mill and Scenic Hill Solar finally received approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build a 26-megawatt DC solar power plant combined with up to 40 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. When completed, it will be the largest commercial solar plant and battery storage system in the state. The project ... Read More »

John Deere launches weed-detecting spray system

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John Deere has launched See & Spray, a system that detects green plant material on fallow ground to activate the system. Once weeds are detected by the camera, a signal is sent back to the controller. Once the controller identifies an area of the field that’s green, a signal is sent across the boom to activate on specific nozzles. The ... Read More »

California experiences 5th straight month below average precipitation

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The California Department of Water Resources recently conducted the third manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station west of Lake Tahoe. The manual survey recorded 56 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 86% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the ... Read More »

Intensified rice system helps increase production while cutting emissions

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The System of Rice Intensification has been named as a 2020 climate policy “breakthrough” for government initiatives in Vietnam to increase agricultural production there while reducing methane emissions from rice paddies. SRI was recognized by Apolitical, a peer-to-peer learning platform for sharing government policy ideas, as one of the most beneficial climate policies that can mitigate climate change or enable ... Read More »

Rice mills didn’t escape the great deep freeze of 2021

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• By Michael Klein • The rice industry was reeling from severe weather in 2020 – the most named hurricanes to hit the United States ever and devastating wildfires out West. Optimists felt the new year would bring better everything, including weather. Two months in, they are sorely disappointed as punishing winter weather pounded much of the country and all ... Read More »

Bureau forecasts reduced water deliveries to Northern California

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Based on  below-average statewide snowpack, the Bureau of Reclamation recently announced reduced water allocations for nearly all Central Valley Project water contractors. Deliveries could change depending on precipitation received during the next few months, said Ernest Conant, Reclamation regional director. The California Department of Water Resources reports that as of Feb. 21, statewide average snow water content in the Sierra ... Read More »

Do waterfowl have varietal preferences? The LSU AgCenter wants to know

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If you farm rice in Louisiana and flood your rice fields for waterfowl, the Louisiana State University AgCenter needs your help. It is working several public and private organizations to develop preliminary data on whether waterfowl have varietal preferences. If you flooded rice fields planted to more than one variety this past winter or previous years and saw a varietal ... Read More »