Industry News

Jennifer James elected to Riceland’s Board of Directors

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When Jennifer Hare James joined the Riceland Foods’ Board of Directors, May 1, representing District 5, she became the first woman to do so in the cooperative’s 98-year history. James, who farms rice, soybeans and corn with her family near Newport, Arkansas, had served on Riceland’s Northeast District Drier Council board since 2003. “Always kind of in the back of ... Read More »

MSU hires new irrigation specialist

Mississippi State University has hired Drew Gholson as an assistant professor and the irrigation specialist with the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Water Center. He began his new job April 1 and replaces Jason Krutz, who was promoted to lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute. Gholson earned his bachelor’s in rangeland ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited names former Florida ag commissioner as CEO

Adam Putnam

Memphis, Tennessee-based Ducks Unlimited has named former Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam as its new CEO, effective April 1. DU’s current CEO, Dale Hall, will remain in place to help with the transition until his retirement on June 30. As ag commissioner, Putnam served in one of four statewide elected positions. He led the nation’s largest state Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

Anheuser-Busch, Indigo Ag partner on sustainable rice sourcing

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St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and Boston-based Indigo Agriculture have partnered on a sustainable rice production program. Indigo has committed to delivering 2.2 million bushels of Indigo Rice to A-B that is grown using specific environmentally friendly production practices. Rice growers contracting with Indigo will reduce water and nitrogen use by 10 percent and achieve at least a 10 percent reduction in ... Read More »

Farm Dog, Deere and Adama partner on information sharing system

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Farm Dog, John Deere and Adama recently partnered on an integrated mobile-to-sprayer system that simplifies information sharing and reduces the likelihood of operational errors for agronomists, growers and spray equipment operators. Previewed at the 2019 Develop with Deere Conference in Chicago recently, the system seamlessly integrates two activities in precision agriculture for pest management – treatment recommendations based on field scouting and ... Read More »

Northern California’s Rominger Farms feted for conservation practices

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Bruce and Rick Rominger, partners in Rominger Farms of Winters, California, were honored recently by the National Association of Conservation Districts for their conservation practices as producers. The brothers, who have a diverse operation that includes rice, received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence Farmer award at the association’s recent annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Named after ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Consultants Association awards six scholarships

LACA scholarship recipients

During its recent annual meeting, the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association awarded six scholarships totaling $12,000. Also recognized was Dennis Burns, who received the County Agent of the Year award. Burns serves Catahoula, Concordia and Tensas parishes, and he specializes in agricultural technology, including drones, irrigation and yield maps. “That’s just a small list of things he is well known for,” ... Read More »

Horizon Ag introduces two Clearfield varieties

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In partnership with the University of Arkansas, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and commercial planting in 2020. The new medium- and long-grain varieties were released by the University of Arkansas and are from the breeding program of Dr. Xueyan Sha at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas. “Dr. Sha is ... Read More »

Tremont Lyman changes name to Grow West

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Tremont Lyman, an independent agricultural retailer in California, has brought all of its 15 retail operations under a new brand: Grow West. The new entity was formed through a partnership of its two major founding members, Colusa County Farm Supply and The Lyman Group Inc. With roots beginning in 1954, the company has grown from a single location to 15 ... Read More »

Four, including a rice leader, named to Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Linda Zaunbrecher

Four Louisiana agricultural leaders, including a rice pioneer, will be inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Distinction during ceremonies in March. This year’s four inductees are Grady Coburn, Jack Hamilton, George LaCour and Linda Zaunbrecher. A native of Gueydan, Zaunbrecher is only the second woman to enter the Ag Hall of Distinction. Her career is distinguished by her pioneering work ... Read More »