Industry News

Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations

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The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its next class. The nomination deadline is Nov. 1. The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 164 men ... Read More »

Nominate an ag leader for the 2019 Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

Nominations for inductees into the 2019 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted now through Nov. 19. Selected individuals will be recognized during a banquet at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge on March 7, 2019. The nomination form can be obtained by clicking here or through any parish Louisiana State University AgCenter Extension office.​ A joint effort of the ... Read More »

International Rice Festival fetes rice and crawfish producer Gerard Frey

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The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize Gerard Frey as the 2018 Farmer of the Year during the event, Oct. 18-21, in Crowley, Louisiana. Frey was born and raised in the rural community of Shortbread, northeast of Iota in Acadia Parish, Louisiana. He is a fourth-generation farmer, and fourth and youngest child of Sylvester and Helen Reiners Frey. Frey has ... Read More »

California Rice Research Board honors retired farm adviser ‘Cass’ Mutters

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The California Rice Research Board recently honored Randall “Cass” Mutters with its annual Rice Industry Award. The recognition, presented at the California Rice Field Day, recognizes and honors an individual from any segment of the rice industry who has made outstanding contributions. “This is an honor to present this to Cass, who really needs no ... Read More »

USA Rice seeks nominations for second annual Rice Sustainability Award

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If you know a grower or entity that has embraced sustainability through innovative practices and leadership, they might be a perfect candidate for the second annual USA Rice Sustainability Award. Now in its second year, the award is designed to highlight rice’s unique environmental qualities and the men and women who improve its sustainability every day, according to a new ... Read More »

FullPage system headlines RiceTec’s Arkansas field day

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Many growers for the first time got to see the FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system growing in the field during RiceTec’s recent field day near Harrisburg, Arkansas. For the 2019 growing season, Alvin, Texas-based RiceTec plans a limited release of four long-grain hybrids bred to tolerate over-the-top applications of Preface and Postscript IMI herbicides from Adama ... Read More »

UC kicks off 2018 Rice Yield Contest with a few changes

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The University California Cooperative Extension is launching its yield contest once again for 2018 with a few changes. New this year is the grand prize of a John Deere side-by-side (XUV 560E) for the overall winner. The name of each regional winner will be placed into a hat and the winner drawn at the 2019 winter grower meetings. Each regional ... Read More »

Belchim USA to distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide

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Wilmington, Delaware-based Belchim Crop Protection USA will distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide to control rice stink bugs. The product — registered by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 — contains the active ingredient dinotefuran, a neonicotinoid. With more emphasis on quality, many growers are paying closer attention to controlling rice stink bugs, since they can cause pecky rice. If the defect ... Read More »

California producer elected USA Rice chairman

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Charley Mathews Jr., a rice producer from Marysville, California, was elected chairman of USA Rice, replacing Brian King who will complete his term at the end of July. Mathews will assume his new role on Aug. 1. In addition, Frank Carey was elected chairman of The Rice Foundation. Carey, with Valent LLC, replaces Mathews, who served as chairman of The Rice ... Read More »