Industry News

California producer elected USA Rice chairman

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Charley Mathews Jr., a rice producer from Marysville, California, was elected chairman of USA Rice, replacing Brian King who will complete his term at the end of July. Mathews will assume his new role on Aug. 1. In addition, Frank Carey was elected chairman of The Rice Foundation. Carey, with Valent LLC, replaces Mathews, who served as chairman of The Rice ... Read More »

California RES sets Rice Field Day for Aug. 29

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The California Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, in partnership with the California Rice Research Foundation and the University of California, will host its annual Rice Field Day Aug. 29. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with a general session that includes the foundation’s annual membership meeting, followed by the Rice Research Trust Report and California Rice Industry Award. Two field tours ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice Field Day returns to field-tour format

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The Arkansas Rice Expo is taking a hiatus this year, with the annual event in Stuttgart returning to its field-tour format. The Arkansas Rice Field Day at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart is planned for Aug. 3. It features a pair of two-hour field tours that will cover the spectrum of production issues including breeding, irrigation, weed, ... Read More »

Parent company closes Colusa, California, sweet rice mill

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Woodland, California-based PGP International plans to shut down operations at its sweet rice milling facility in Colusa, California, by the end of August after all open commitments have been met. The decision to close the Riverbend Mill, which parent company ABF Ingredients acquired in 2007, came after several months of review and will affect 16 employees, according to a news ... Read More »

Three rice farmers honored by Field to Market for sustainability

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• By Mark Isbell • Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, recently recognized a dozen producers — including three who farm rice — for their continuous operational improvements and using the group’s Field Print Calculator. Field to Market will highlight a Farmer Spotlight each month with a press release to bring attention to individual winner’s sustainability efforts. The three ... Read More »

Horizon Ag Arkansas field day set for Aug. 2 near Jonesboro

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Horizon Ag plans to hold its Arkansas Field Day, Aug. 2, at Mark Wimpy Farms near Jonesboro. The event will spotlight the performance of the new PVL01, a Provisia rice  variety planted commercially for the first time this season, along with top-performing Clearfield varieties for the region. With the Provisia Rice System and PVL01, farmers have a new tool to ... Read More »

Intrepid receives section 18 for California armyworms

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The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has granted a section 18 emergency use exemption for Intrepid 2F insecticide from DowDuPont to control armyworms in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties. The registration comes just in time as armyworm numbers are beginning to pick up in Northern California rice fields. University of California Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

University of Arkansas names Nathan Slaton Ag Experiment Station assistant director

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Nathan Slaton, head of the Arkansas Soil Testing Lab, has been appointed assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station effective July 1. “I am thrilled about Dr. Slaton’s willingness to become a full-time member of the Agricultural Experiment Station’s administrative team,” Jean-Francois Meullenet, director of the experiment station, said Thursday in announcing the appointment. “Nathan’s experience in production agriculture ... Read More »

Beaumont field day to highlight emerging technologies, organic production

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“Emerging Technologies for Texas Rice” will be the theme for the 71st annual field day, July 12, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Beaumont, 1509 Aggie Drive. The free event begins with field tours at 8 a.m., an indoor program at 10:45 a.m. and a noon barbecue luncheon. The afternoon organic field tour begins at 1 p.m. and ... Read More »