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Ducks Unlimited names former Florida ag commissioner as CEO

Adam Putnam

Memphis, Tennessee-based Ducks Unlimited has named former Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam as its new CEO, effective April 1. DU’s current CEO, Dale Hall, will remain in place to help with the transition until his retirement on June 30. As ag commissioner, Putnam served in one of four statewide elected positions. He led the nation’s largest state Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

Anheuser-Busch, Indigo Ag partner on sustainable rice sourcing

anheuser busch logo

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and Boston-based Indigo Agriculture have partnered on a sustainable rice production program. Indigo has committed to delivering 2.2 million bushels of Indigo Rice to A-B that is grown using specific environmentally friendly production practices. Rice growers contracting with Indigo will reduce water and nitrogen use by 10 percent and achieve at least a 10 percent reduction in ... Read More »

Rain, rain, go away!

muddy Arkansas rice field

For many Arkansas farms, the view is the same: water, mud and more water. “With many areas still struggling to dry out from wet weather over the past couple of months, there isn’t much good news over the next week,” the National Weather Service at Little Rock said on March 8. “Rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches across the southeastern ... Read More »

Arkansas ‘rice reps’ may earn scholarships while spreading the word

Arkansas rice reps logo

Arkansas high school juniors or seniors may be eligible for one of four different scholarships totaling $7,000 just by participating in rice advocacy programs and spreading the word about the state’s rice industry this summer. The program is called “Rice Reps” and is sponsored by Arkansas Rice. From April through September, reps will actively participate in a program designed to ... Read More »

UC seeks California growers’ help with weedy rice survey

weedy rice

The University of California is seeking producers’ and farm managers’ help as they conduct a survey of weedy rice infestation and rice production practices in the state that may affect the weed’s persistence and infestation levels. As you know, weedy rice is a pest problem that can potentially cause significant losses to the state’s rice industry. UC Rice Farm Advisers Luis ... Read More »

Farm Dog, Deere and Adama partner on information sharing system

mobile integration

Farm Dog, John Deere and Adama recently partnered on an integrated mobile-to-sprayer system that simplifies information sharing and reduces the likelihood of operational errors for agronomists, growers and spray equipment operators. Previewed at the 2019 Develop with Deere Conference in Chicago recently, the system seamlessly integrates two activities in precision agriculture for pest management – treatment recommendations based on field scouting and ... Read More »

Wet winter delays field prep, making early rice planting less likely

January rainfall totals

Continuously wet conditions further delayed field preparation throughout much of Arkansas this week, as intermittent rains continue to saturate soils in the state. At production meetings organized by the University of Arkansas in January and February, both growers and agronomists noted the delay in field preparation for the 2019 planting season. Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, ... Read More »

Northern California’s Rominger Farms feted for conservation practices

Rominger Farms conservatioin award

Bruce and Rick Rominger, partners in Rominger Farms of Winters, California, were honored recently by the National Association of Conservation Districts for their conservation practices as producers. The brothers, who have a diverse operation that includes rice, received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence Farmer award at the association’s recent annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Named after ... Read More »

MSU opens Ag Water Research Center, seeks grower participation

MSU Ag Water Research Center

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service have joined together to open a new research center focused on water management in the Mississippi Delta. The Agricultural Water Research Center, housed on the MAFES West Farm near Stoneville, will serve growers in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri region, said Jeff Johnson, head of the ... Read More »

Buruau of Reclamation makes initial CVP water allocations

Shasta Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation announced initial water allocations for Central Valley Project water contractors. As the season progresses, the bureau may change the amount of water delivered. The initial allocation as based on conservative estimates of the amount of water in Sierra Nevada snowpack, current Central Valley reservoir storage and anticipated precipitation, according to a bureau news release. As of ... Read More »