Industry News

California rolls out new Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program

geese flooded fields

The California Rice Commission has been working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish rules for new California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program. These rules, published in the Department’s Public Solicitation Notice, establish the provisions for receiving and evaluating grower/landowner applications and how the habitat contracts will be administered. The PSN provides the most detailed information ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to host several water management/irrigation schools

Chris Henry irrigation school

Arkansas crop producers who want to get a better handle on water use in 2019 will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation/water management schools. “The schools are small groups with short instruction and include practical exercises,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Surge/soil moisture sensor schools ... Read More »

UA rice processing expert among 5 named to Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame plans to induct five individuals whose leadership and service have brought distinction to the state’s largest business sector. The newest class includes retired University of Arkansas educator Dr. L.B. (Bernie) Daniels of Fayetteville; Ed Fryar of Rogers, the founder of Ozark Mountain Poultry; UA professor Dr. Donna Graham of Fayetteville; UA distinguished professor Dr. ... Read More »

Mark your calendars for the 67th Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, March 1-2

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

The 67th annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is set for March 1-2 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. The two-day event offers attendees the opportunity to see what’s new in the industry and hear from respected leaders, according to Timothy Price, show manager. “We are expecting a bumper crop of new products and services at the 2019 ... Read More »

Bagavathiannan honored with Texas A&M Early Career Research award

Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence – Early Career Research honor was presented to Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan at a recent ceremony on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife, and represent the highest level of achievement for the ... Read More »

University of Arkansas hires new Extension weed scientist

Tommy Butts

The newest University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture weed scientist says he expects to rack up more than a few miles of field walking as he learns more about the issues faced by Mid-South farmers. Hailing from southern Wisconsin, weed scientist Thomas Butts took his new position as Extension weed scientist on Nov. 26. He brings a diverse background, ... Read More »

Horizon Ag, BASF team with Rabo AgriFinance on 0% financing

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Horizon Ag and BASF have partnered to offer rice farmers zero percent APR financing through Rabo AgriFinance for Clearfield  and Provisia  varieties and certain BASF crop protection purchases for the 2019 season. The Rabo AgriFinance program is in addition to a previously announced zero percent APR program on Horizon Ag varieties and BASF crop protection products through the multi-use account ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Consultants plan chock-full ag technology conference

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The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association has filled its Agricultural Technology and Management Conference, Feb. 11-13, to the brim with a broad array of general session topics and break-out sessions for consultants, applicators and growers. General session topics range from bollworm resistance to emerging technologies and the “Roundup verdict.” Break-out sessions are planned for multi-crops, cotton, rice and sugar cane. Download ... Read More »

Missouri releases first variety, a semi-dwarf medium grain

MM17 rice

Researchers in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture along with the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council have released for the 2019 season a new rice variety bred for southeast Missouri. Called MM17, it is a semi-dwarf, mid-season, medium-grain variety with excellent yield potential. It was developed by pedigree selection in Southeast’s Rice Research Greenhouse in Malden, Missouri, and ... Read More »