Industry News

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 »

California producers to vote on assessment increase in June

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After review of projected monitoring and reporting costs along with fees for the state’s rice waste discharge requirements, the California Rice Commission board decided in December to begin the process for an industry vote to increase the assessment cap. Currently, it is set at 15 cents per hundredweight, and the board decided to seek a 20 cent cap. The commission ... Read More »

Stay abreast of rice research at RTWG, Feb. 24-27, in Orange Beach, Alabama

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Every two years, rice researchers from around the nation and even internationally attend the Rice Technical Working Group meeting to share results and craft plans about future research directions. Mississippi State University will host the 38th RTWG, Feb. 24-27, 2020, at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama. The agenda is chocked full of research topics as well as ... Read More »

California Rice Commission receives $1.5 million NRCS conservation grant

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The California Rice Commission and its project partners have received a $1.5 million Conservation Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is in in partnership with NRCS, Ducks Unlimited, the California Ricelands Waterbird Foundation, Point Blue Conservation Science and FlowWest. It is designed to: • Provide funding to enhance approximately 10,000 acres through ... Read More »

Jazzmen Rice releases first U.S.-grown jasmine flavored rices

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In celebration of its 10th anniversary, New Orleans-based Jazzmen Rice’s first flavored U.S.-grown premium jasmine rices — Saffron and Creole Tomato — will hit retail markets in New Orleans this month. Made with real saffron and turmeric, the Jazzmen Rice Saffron blend infuses flavor into a high-quality, soft, long-grain, white jasmine rice. Saffron is among the most prized spices in ... Read More »