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University of Arkansas economist explains MFP for state’s growers

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Not long after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of a support package for farmers, Scott Stiles phone started ringing. On July 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out the Market Facilitation Program, Food Purchase and Distribution Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, all intended to help farmers affected by the international battle over tariffs. “The phone never stopped ... Read More »

Industry Alliance Meeting highlights research on AWD, grain bin monitors

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Rice, already a staple grain for billions around the planet, could become an even more important food source with additional nutrients. Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Rice Processing Program presented this and other hopeful insights based upon their academic research at the annual Industry Alliance Meeting. The 2019 event was organized and hosted by the ... Read More »

USDA releases MFP payment information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »

EPA mulls labeling biological stimulants as pesticides

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The Environmental Protection Agency has published a draft guidance that examines plant regulator label claims, including biostimulant claims, and whether at least some of these products should be labeled as pesticides. A relatively new but growing category of products, plant biostimulants contain naturally occurring substances and microbes used to stimulate plant growth, enhance plant pest resistance and reduce abiotic stress. ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter field day features row rice research

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• By Bruce Schultz • An LSU AgCenter research project at the Mer Rouge farm of Jason Waller was the setting for the northeast Louisiana row rice field day on July 18. The practice of row rice is gaining new converts because of its potential water savings and flexibility. The project being conducted by AgCenter agent Keith Collins includes conventional ... Read More »

Some Arkansas rice, soybean growers face latest twist in a difficult year

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While most of Arkansas may have escaped the worst of what Hurricane Barry augured in potential wind and rain, crops in many areas are struggling to move past the primary and secondary effects of the latest twist in an already difficult year. Rice Isolated rice fields in the state bore some of Barry’s brunt throughout the week. Jarrod Hardke, Extension ... Read More »

DOL proposes streamlining of H-2A guest-worker program

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The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Federal Register notice that it plans to start rulemaking to amend the agricultural guest-worker program to streamline the application process. Farmers who use the H-2A program have long complained of the cumbersome and lengthy application process. Several producers in South Louisiana use it to obtain workers for the crawfishing season. For growers ... Read More »

Hurricane Barry floodwaters affected Southwest Louisiana crops

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Barry had a minimal effect on Louisiana croplands, but its aftermath left a narrow strip of flooding rain that will cause damage. Some soybeans were flooded, and rice was submerged in areas that received heavy rain. There were reports of lodged sugarcane and some damage to corn. “For the most part, rice in the ... Read More »

Aug. 8 Pine Tree Field Day features comprehensive soy, rice tours

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Soybean seeding rates, effects of urea application on soy protein concentration and how drones are used in multiple inlet irrigation in rice are among the topics included in the tours set for the Aug. 8 field day at the Pine Tree Research Station. “We are offering two very comprehensive tours, one each for soybean and rice,” said Shawn Clark, director ... Read More »

Row rice system gains interest in Louisiana

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• By Karol Osborne • More than 50 agricultural producers and industry representatives interested in furrow-irrigated rice, also called row rice or upland rice, attended the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station row rice and soybean field tour on July 9 in St. Joseph. “We are set up for cotton, corn and beans, and if there is an opportunity to diversify ... Read More »