Industry News

Horizon Ag plans Louisiana field day for July 8 near Kaplan

Michael Fruge, Adam Famoso

Rice farmers will see and hear firsthand about the latest developments in the Provisia Rice System and new Clearfield variety CLL17, available for planting next season, at the 2020 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day, July 8, near Kaplan, Louisiana. The field day will be at Richard Farms at 17720 Louisiana Highway 699, Kaplan, Louisiana, and begins with a field tour ... Read More »

UArk publishes ‘Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook’

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Furrow-irrigated rice has been gaining ground, increasing from less than 1% to 10% of total rice acreage in Arkansas in the past five years. The “Arkansas Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook” provides research-based information about selecting cultivars, establishing stands, and managing fertility, weeds, disease, insects and irrigation. It also provides information about budgeting and crop insurance, which became available for furrow-irrigated rice ... Read More »

NRCS opens rice-only conservation program for SW Louisiana

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program efforts led by the USA Rice–Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership. This special CSP initiative is specifically for rice producers. The Gulf Coast CSP special sign-up assists landowners and rice producers who voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that aim ... Read More »

California nabs $5.5 million RCPP award for waterbird habitat enhancement

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The California Rice Commission and its industry partners have received a Regional Conservation Partnership Program award worth nearly $5.5 million. The funds will be used to continue collaborative work aimed at enhancing waterbird habitat in working rice fields. In addition to existing goals, the award also will help fund a few new objectives that include planting cover crops for nesting ... Read More »

Riceland names Ben Noble executive vice president, COO

Riceland Foods of Stuttgart, Arkansas, has named Ben Noble executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, he will oversee the company’s strategic direction product innovation and day-to-day administrative and operational functions. Noble joined the rice cooperative as vice president of marketing and strategy in September 2017, adding the role of vice president of sales in August ... Read More »

LSU rice researcher recognized as ‘Woman of Excellence’

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The American Multi Cultural Ethnic Coalition recently honored Louisiana State University AgCenter rice researcher Ida Wenefrida as one of the Top 20 Global Woman of Excellence for 2020 at a recent Chicago ceremony. The honor recognizes women from around the world, including Poland, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand and Africa. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago presented the awards at a ... Read More »

NRCS sets deadlines to sign up for EQIP in Texas

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas has set the first funding application deadline of April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. If additional financial assistance funds are still available, a second funding application deadline will be scheduled for May 15. Applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. ... Read More »

RiceTec launches charitable program

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Going outside of traditional corporate giving, RiceTec has developed Harvesting Hope, a program that provides growers with free rice seed in exchange for charitable donations. RiceTec customers who sign up for the program and donate 1 acre of milled rice proceeds to their choice of 501(c)3 charities will receive one bag of seed at no charge for the 2021 planting ... Read More »

Syngenta launches seed treatment with 4 modes of action

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Syngenta has launched Vibrance RST rice seed treatment, which contains four different fungicidal modes of action to control seedborne, soilborne and seedling diseases, according to a news release. The four active ingredients are: • Azoxystrobin, a Group 11 fungicide, protects against Rhizoctonia and Pythium species and some soilborne and seedborne diseases, including rice blast. • Fludioxonil, a Group 12 fungicide, ... Read More »

CA Rice Experiment Station hires new associate director

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• By Vicky Boyd Editor • Dr. Russell Rasmussen has been named the new associate director of the California Rice Experiment Station in Biggs. He will work alongside current director Dr. Kent McKenzie and will take over as director when McKenzie retires Dec. 31. “We have some overlap, which is a great model for hiring new people,” Rasmussen said. Prior ... Read More »