From The Editor

Will ‘Godzilla’ of an El Niño be a boon or a bust?

Vicky Boyd

In this day and age when the Kardashians can pass for entertainment and a reality TV star can run for president, it’s no surprise that the current El Niño has been dubbed “Godzilla” because of its potential star power. Although much of the attention has been focused on how this weather event will help California’s lingering drought, it also is ... Read More »

Who says you can’t go home?

Vicky Boyd

Until about 10 years ago when Rice Farming Magazine was sold to One Grower Publishing, I was at home as editor of the publication. Veteran agricultural journalist Carroll Smith stepped in as editor and has kept the magazine on its successful course. Imagine my elation when I received a recent phone call from One Grower publisher Lia Guthrie inviting me ... Read More »

Life has been good but not easy

As a huge college football fan, particularly the SEC, I love watching the “SEC Storied” documentary series, launched by ESPN films in September 2011. Being a college football fan in the off-season is difficult, so I look for anything related to football to fill the gap until the upcoming games begin. I was thrilled to discover the “SEC Storied” series, ... Read More »

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 »