From The Editor

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 »

‘Herding cats’ scenario not an option in 2012

By Carroll Smith Editor Many years ago in my first career as a high school teacher, I had the opportunity to direct the senior play at the school where I taught. I was young, enthusiastic and, in my mind, could envision a musical of Broadway proportions that we could easily pull off. When the playbooks came in and auditions began, ... Read More »