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National Ag Law Center offers guidance on solar leases

A.J. Hood solar

With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns. The National Agricultural Law Center has published two guides to help landowners navigate solar leases. “The Farmland Owner’s Guide to Solar Leasing” and “Understanding Solar Energy Agreements” are meant ... Read More »

U Ark entomologists work on new armyworm defoliation thresholds

fall armyworm

Severe defoliation in rice from a large flight of fall armyworms in 2016 led researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to develop a new defoliation threshold, said Nick Bateman, assistant professor and crop entomologist. It is common to see fall armyworms, a defoliating caterpillar pest, in pastures and fields, he said. Defoliation is the removal of ... Read More »

Stay abreast of rice research at RTWG, Feb. 24-27, in Orange Beach, Alabama

RTWG, long beach

Every two years, rice researchers from around the nation and even internationally attend the Rice Technical Working Group meeting to share results and craft plans about future research directions. Mississippi State University will host the 38th RTWG, Feb. 24-27, 2020, at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. The agenda is chocked full of research topics as well as ... Read More »

Chinese rice buyers tour LSU AgCenter facility

touring LSU AgCenter greenhouse

• By Bruce Schultz • A group of seven Chinese rice buyers visited the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Dec. 12 as part of their tour through U.S. rice-growing areas. During the visit, China and the U.S. reached a preliminary trade agreement that increases Chinese purchases of a wide range of agricultural products, including rice. A Chinese ... Read More »

California Rice Commission receives $1.5 million NRCS conservation grant

california rice habitat

The California Rice Commission and its project partners have received a $1.5 million Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is in in partnership with NRCS, Ducks Unlimited, the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation, Point Blue Conservation Science and FlowWest. It is designed to: • Provide funding to enhance approximately 10,000 acres through ... Read More »

Dictionary catches up to industry’s long-time sustainability efforts

comm power

• By Kane Webb • “Our Past,” a daily column that appears in the Lake Charles American Press, pulls memorable stories from local news printed on the same day from 10, 25, 50 and 75 years ago. Recently, the southwest Louisiana rice industry was mentioned for two stories covered on the same day in 2009, 10 years ago: announcement of ... Read More »

Jazzmen Rice releases first U.S.-grown jasmine flavored rices

Jazzmen Rice Logo

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, New Orleans-based Jazzmen Rice’s first flavored U.S.-grown premium jasmine rices — Saffron and Creole Tomato — will hit retail markets in New Orleans this month. Made with real saffron and turmeric, the Jazzmen Rice Saffron blend infuses flavor into a high-quality, soft, long-grain, white jasmine rice. Saffron is among the most prized spices in ... Read More »

Louisianans recognized at Rice Outlook Conference

2020 rice leadership class

• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers, researchers and industry representatives from rice-growing states, including Louisiana, met in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dec. 8-10 for the annual Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show. Louisiana farmer Jason Waller of Mer Rouge, Louisiana, was among seven people chosen for the new Rice Leadership Class. Waller also is a member of the Louisiana Rice ... Read More »

Jonesboro chamber fetes NE Arkansas Rice Research & Extension Center director

Dr. Tim Burcham

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce named Tim Burcham, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, its 2019 Ag Business Person of the Year. Burcham was recognized by the organization at its annual gala, Dec. 3, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center on the Arkansas State University campus. Cari ... Read More »

Leopold Award honors California brothers for conservation

romingers

Rominger Brothers Farms of Winters, California, received the 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award during a ceremony at the California Farm Bureau’s recent annual meeting in Monterey. Sand County Foundation created the Leopold award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. Named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, it is given in 20 states. The award ... Read More »