Industry News

LSU AgCenter plans crawfish workshops

louisiana crawfishing

The Louisiana State University AgCenter will host five crawfish meetings in south Louisiana to help producers get ready for the upcoming season. “Pond management, including water and vegetation management, are among the topics that will be addressed,” said Mark Shirley, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant crawfish specialist. Shirley and Greg Lutz, also an LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant ... Read More »

MU plans $6.5 million investment in ag research centers, including Fisher

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright

University of Missouri officials plan to make a $6.5 million investment in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes 15 facilities statewide. Among them is the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, which focuses on rice, cotton and irrigation. The investment will enhance the university’s ability to share next-generation agricultural technologies developed by MU researchers with Missouri’s farmers and ranchers. ... Read More »

Northern California rice producer honored for industry service

Clint Rehermann, Tim Johnson

The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation recently honored Butte County rice producer Frank Rehermann for his years of industry leadership, including 20 serving on the California Rice Commission. In presenting the California Rice Industry Award, CRC President and CEO Tim Johnson described the numerous trips Rehermann made to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of California rice growers. “When he ... Read More »

Alan Lawson named ‘Farmer of the Year’ by International Rice Festival

alan lawson

The International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana, has named Alan Lawson of Crowley as its Farmer of the Year. A graduate of Crowley High School, Alan attended Louisiana State University Eunie before transferring to LSU in Baton Rouge, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. After graduation, he returned to the farm to join his father, becoming the ... Read More »

The ‘last straw,’ made from rice, may be the most ecological

rice-hull-based straws

• By Lesley Dixon • More and more businesses, consumers and governments are looking for ways to decrease their single-use plastic consumption, and disposable plastic straws have become a lightning rod in the worldwide effort to reduce plastic waste. Recently, scientists and manufacturers have turned to a new material that could make single-use plastics in the foodservice industry obsolete: rice. ... Read More »

UCCE to offer John Deere Gator for 2019 Yield Contest winner

UCCE 2018 yield contest winners

The University of California Cooperative Extension is once again seeking entries into its rice yield contest, and much like in 2018, it will offer a chance to win a John Deere Gator. “We realize that this has been a tough year for just about everyone growing rice; however, the rice yield contest will go on and it will be interesting ... Read More »

Salassi to head LSU AgCenter animal, plant programs

Michael Salassi

Michael Salassi has been named Louisiana State University AgCenter associate vice president and program leader of animal and plant sciences. For the past four years, Salassi has served as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness where he is the A. Wilbert’s Sons Endowed Professor of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Prior to that time, he was on the ... Read More »

Mississippians invited to celebrate rice, Sept. 20, at annual Rice Tasting

mississippi rice tasting luncheon

Mississippi’s 259 rice-producing farms rank the state No. 5 nationally in rice production, a fact highlighted in September when Mississippians are urged to “Think Rice.” They also are invited to celebrate rice and bring awareness to this important row crop at the Annual Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon in Cleveland. The event will be held Sept. 20 at the Delta State ... Read More »

Belchim receives 2ee for rice delphacid insecticide, should it be needed

rice delphacid

Wilmington, Delaware-based Belchim Crop Protection USA has received a 2ee recommendation for use of Tenchu 20SG in Texas and Louisiana to control rice delphacid, should it appear in damaging numbers again this season. The insecticide already has a full Section 3 registration for use in rice to control rice stink bugs. After a decades-long absence, rice delphacid — also referred ... Read More »

SE Missouri State, Missouri Rice Council to host field day Aug. 22

southeast missouri state university rice

Research to create new heat-tolerant and herbicide-resistant rice strains is being conducted this summer at Southeast Missouri State University’s Rice Research Greenhouse in Malden, Missouri, and at the Missouri Rice Research Farm in Glennonville, Missouri. Southeast Department of Agriculture faculty will highlight their work at the Missouri Rice Council’s annual Rice Field Day, Aug. 22, at the Missouri Rice Research ... Read More »