Industry News

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 »

Louisianans recognized at Rice Outlook Conference

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers, researchers and industry representatives from rice-growing states, including Louisiana, met in Little Rock, Arkansas, Dec. 8-10 for the annual Rice Outlook Conference and Trade Show. Louisiana farmer Jason Waller of Mer Rouge, Louisiana, was among seven people chosen for the new Rice Leadership Class. Waller also is a member of the Louisiana Rice ... Read More »

Jonesboro chamber fetes NE Arkansas Rice Research & Extension Center director

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The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce named Tim Burcham, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, its 2019 Ag Business Person of the Year. Burcham was recognized by the organization at its annual gala, Dec. 3, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center on the Arkansas State University campus. Cari ... Read More »

Leopold Award honors California brothers for conservation

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Rominger Brothers Farms of Winters, California, received the 2019 California Leopold Conservation Award during a ceremony at the California Farm Bureau’s recent annual meeting in Monterey. Sand County Foundation created the Leopold award to inspire American landowners by recognizing exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. Named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, it is given in 20 states. The award ... Read More »