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The name says it all

Bill weller and family

California rice producer and Farmers Brewing founder grows ingredients, brews craft beer on his farm • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Bill Weller’s dream of becoming a vertically integrated rice producer and commercial craft brewer are finally coming to fruition after lengthy permitting and weather delays. “I always wanted to do this, but we’ve been busy growing the farm over the ... Read More »

Going for the win

matt morris checks flow meter

Multi-pronged water conservation efforts help growers score ‘more crop to the drop.’ • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Founded in 1892 by John and Emma Morris, Morris Farm near Carlisle, Arkansas, is the oldest commercial rice operation in the state. Richard and Matt Morris, fourth- and fifth-generation descendants, respectively, have embraced water-saving technology during the past several years to steward finite ... Read More »

Clean fields

ross thibodeaux Midland LA

Extremely grassy season put the new Provisia Rice System to the test • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Growers with resistant weedy rice who planted the first commercial Provisia rice variety in 2018 say the decision was a “no-brainer,” even though they knew it had a slightly lower yield potential. The alternative would have been either suffering significant yield loss due ... Read More »

Honing a craft

toasted and malted rice

Retired California rice researcher Jim Eckert refines rice malting for gluten-free brewing and distilling. By Vicky Boyd,  Editor — To describe Chico, California-based Eckert Malting and Brewing Co. as a labor of love is an understatement. What started as Jim Eckert trying to home-brew beer for his wife, who had become gluten intolerant, has evolved into a commercial-scale gluten-free rice ... Read More »