From The Editor

Through the eyes of a child

When I was a kid, Sunday afternoons were reserved for the family piling in the truck and driving out to the farm in east-central Louisiana to look at the crops. At that time, I had two sisters – Kimberly and Anne – and I was the oldest. Our baby brother Wes had not been born yet. We drove down turnrow ... Read More »

Rice: the sterling commodity

For several years, I lived next door to a fascinating elderly gentleman named Mr. Mac. He was a World War II veteran who had served in the Navy, a retired businessman who had worked in the grain industry for most of his life, a loving husband and father, a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby and a really good Gin ... Read More »

The real meaning of quality

Charles Eames, an American designer who was born a few years into the 20th century and worked in the industrial and graphic design fields, once said, “Eventually, everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.” The word “quality” is no stranger to the U.S. rice industry either. For the past ... Read More »

Frozen – not the movie – 54 years ago

In 1961, representing more than half a century gone by, the United States severed all ties with Cuba, and U.S. rice began disappearing from Cuban dinner tables, grocery store shelves and restaurants. Prior to the embargo, Cuba was one of the largest markets for U.S. rice. To remind those who were living during that time and educate those who were ... Read More »

Louisiana Legacy

Years ago, when I became editor of Rice Farming magazine, I knew I had a lot to learn in order to do a good job of communicating the mission of “profitable production strategies” to our readership. The best way to do this was to get out in the field, get familiar with the crop and ask questions. Dr. Johnny Saichuk, ... Read More »

Leadership: A ‘Long-Range Perpesctive’

Warren G. Bennis says, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” and describes a leader as having a “long-range perspective.” Bennis is known as an American scholar, organizational consultant, an author and an expert in the field of leadership studies. He has been an advisor to several United States presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, and ... Read More »

Matching Wits with Mother Nature

“One of the things that I enjoy is the challenge of Mother Nature,” says Nik Wallenda, a 35-year-old American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil and high-wire artist. Described as “The King of the Wire,” he is known for his high-wire performances without a safety net. Among his many feats, he has traversed the Allegheny River, Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. Nik ... Read More »

Mentoring Comes Full Circle

While watching Late Night with Seth Meyers recently, I learned that Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson had attended the Manning Passing Academy when Wilson was a tenth-grader in high school. In fact, he said that during the camp Peyton Manning had been his coach, mentoring him in the intricacies of what it takes to become a winning quarterback. It appears ... Read More »

Walking in Memphis

By Carroll Smith Editor You don’t have to strap on your blue suede shoes to travel to Memphis for the 2014 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, but it might be a good idea to throw some comfortable walking shoes in your suitcase. With more than 400 exhibitors packed into and outside the Cook Convention Center, this year’s show promises to ... Read More »

Gotta wear shades

By Carroll Smith Editor When the song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” was written in the mid 1980s, listening audiences picked up on the title and began using it as a positive mantra although the actual lyrics wear of a darker nature. To this day, the positive spin continues. I was inspired by Betsy Ward’s column this ... Read More »