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FSA plans to reopen offices, add services during shutdown

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All Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will reopen shortly to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the government shutdown. The announcement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue came after select FSA offices provided limited hours of service Jan. 17, 18 and 22. Those offices as well as others nationwide will be open beginning Jan. 24, but not ... Read More »

UPI changes name to UPL NA

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based United Phosphorus Inc., also known as UPI, changed its name to UPL NA Inc. Jan. 1 to better reflect its global corporate identity. The change also comes after several recent acquisitions, including the June 2018 purchase of Arysta LifeScience for $4.2 billion. UPL, based in Mumbai, India, has a presence in more than 130 countries and ... Read More »

MSU research sheds light on row-rice yields

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• By Bobby Golden and Dan Roach • Producing rice in a “rowed-up” manner as other row crops such as corn, soybean and cotton, was a foreign concept just a couple of years ago. Row rice or furrow-irrigated rice was initially investigated by Mississippi State University researchers as an alternative to conventional flooded rice production in the 1980s. Some of ... Read More »

#RideWithRice

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USA Rice truck tour gives away free rice cookers to help dispel fears of cooking rice. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • USA Rice took to the road this fall to promote the virtues of U.S.-grown rice and try to demystify cooking of the grain. As part of the #RideWithRice program, USA Rice staff in a bright green decorated pick-up truck ... Read More »

Commitment to the land

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Louisiana brothers embrace the 4R’s to nurture soil and improve production • By Vicky Boyd Editor • Even before the term “sustainable” was popular, the Durands had adopted production practices that conserved and enhanced the natural resources on their rice and crawfish operation in St. Martin Parish, southeast of Lafayette, Louisiana. Over the years, the Durands have received multiple awards for ... Read More »

Southwest Louisiana meetings provide production advice to farmers

2019 Crowley LSU AgCenter winter rice meeting

• By Bruce Schultz • In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, Louisiana State University AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop. Farmers met recently in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley only a few weeks from the start of planting season. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso says a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development ... Read More »

California rolls out new Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program

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The California Rice Commission has been working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish rules for new California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program. These rules, published in the Department’s Public Solicitation Notice, establish the provisions for receiving and evaluating grower/landowner applications and how the habitat contracts will be administered. The PSN provides the most detailed information ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to host several water management/irrigation schools

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Arkansas crop producers who want to get a better handle on water use in 2019 will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation/water management schools. “The schools are small groups with short instruction and include practical exercises,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Surge/soil moisture sensor schools ... Read More »

UA rice processing expert among 5 named to Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

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The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame plans to induct five individuals whose leadership and service have brought distinction to the state’s largest business sector. The newest class includes retired University of Arkansas educator Dr. L.B. (Bernie) Daniels of Fayetteville; Ed Fryar of Rogers, the founder of Ozark Mountain Poultry; UA professor Dr. Donna Graham of Fayetteville; UA distinguished professor Dr. ... Read More »