From The Editor

‘Well, we’re still here…’

By Carroll Smith Editor Buzzwords, which can be a word or a phrase, catch on from time to time in society, business groups, industries, the media, politics, etc. A popular buzzword in agriculture these days is sustainability. In rice, as well as in other commodities, it’s dominating conversations among consumers, end users, merchants, millers, researchers and university personnel, farmers, organizations ... Read More »

Bad timing for ‘chill out’ weather

By Carroll Smith Editor “It was a dark and stormy night” was first penned by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford, according to Wikipedia – an online encyclopedia. Now, in 2013, Bulwer-Lytton’s words popped into my head more than once this spring, but with a little different twist: “It was a wet ... Read More »

Ag banks increased lending

By Carroll Smith Editor For many farmers, securing a production loan for the upcoming year is a critical part of the process to make sure the growing season runs smoothly and the bills get paid. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation recently provided some good news on this topic that I think all farmers will appreciate. Following are some excerpts from ... Read More »

Thinking outside the box

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR The origin of the phrase “thinking outside the box” is typically attributed to the Nine Dots Puzzle, pictured below. Three rows of three dots are inside a box. The challenge is to connect the dots with four straight lines without picking up your pencil. As it turns out, the solution to the puzzle involves going outside ... Read More »

‘So God made a farmer’

BY CARROLL SMITH  EDITOR In 1978, Paul Harvey, a popular radio broadcaster, delivered a speech titled, “So God Made a Farmer,” at the Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, Mo. Thirty-five years later, the beloved voice of the late commentator was heard once again during the Dodge Ram trucks commercial, which aired in the fourth quarter of Super ... Read More »

Will ‘13’ be ag’s lucky number?

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR When the House and Senate finally passed the so-called fiscal cliff bill, it happened on Jan. 1, 2013, and extended what we typically refer to as the 2008 Farm Bill through Sept. 30, 2013. After the extension was announced, the USA Rice Federation noted that, “The bill authorizes direct payments at no reduction for the 2013 ... Read More »

A little lagniappe

By Carroll Smith Editor Lagniappe (lan-yap) is a Louisiana French term that means “something extra” and often unexpected – in a good way. While assembling this issue of Rice Farming, I realized that I had been the recipient of lagniappe this month and wanted to share it with our readers. The first instance appears in the cover story on pages ... Read More »

iPhones and Androids and apps, oh my!

By Carroll Smith Editor From telegraphs to text messages and rotary dials to keypads, when it comes to phones, we’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Cell phones not only have revolutionized the way we communicate but also how we live our lives and do our jobs via cell phone applications, or apps, as they’ve been dubbed by all the cool ... Read More »

Rice farming reality show: Yea or nay?

By Carroll Smith Editor I always look forward to attending the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, which is held on the first weekend of March in Memphis. It’s a time to get a look at “all things ag,” visit with our readers and old friends who drop by the booth and meet new people who also share a passion for ... Read More »

Through the looking glass

By Carroll Smith Editor In reflecting on my travels through northern California and a good bit of its rice country, I am reminded of author Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Alice, a young girl, tries to imagine what the world looks like on the other side of the mirror. As she touches the mirror’s ... Read More »