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Will Rice Prices Increase? Rice prices are likely to improve with the expectation that China will buy American rice and the Brazilian crop will be off this year, a rice marketing consultant said on Jan. 31 at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference. U.S. rice acreage will drop this year but not by much because the price will ... Read More »

Good Planning And Early Planting

LANCE RAMTHUN CROP SOLUTIONS, LLC JONESBORO, ARK. (CONSULTS IN CRAIGHEAD, LAWRENCE, POINSETT AND MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES) When my dad began consulting in rice in 1980, we moved to Hoxie, Ark., which is a rice and soybean farming community. Rice and the consulting occupation was all I ever knew growing up. While I was at Arkansas State, I interned with a local ... Read More »

Rice Quality Matters

Ideas For Central America To Remain A Key Market CARLOS GONZÁLEZ ARGÜELLO BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE DEMASA RICE GROUP PRESIDENT OF FECARROZ SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA Because rice is an excellent basic food in Costa Rica and for many poor countries in the region, quality is important. Consumer surveys show that the three most important attributes are that the rice ... Read More »

The glass is half full

The 113th Congress offers challenges as well as reasons for hope. BY LINDA RAUN CHAIRMAN, USA RICE PRODUCERS’ GROUP USA RICE FEDERATION Despite two years of political tumult and policy uncertainty in Washington, D.C., there are reasons to be hopeful. An under-budget U.S. farm policy has fostered an unprecedented decade of growth while leading the way in exports, job creation ... Read More »

‘So God made a farmer’

BY CARROLL SMITH  EDITOR In 1978, Paul Harvey, a popular radio broadcaster, delivered a speech titled, “So God Made a Farmer,” at the Future Farmers of America convention in Kansas City, Mo. Thirty-five years later, the beloved voice of the late commentator was heard once again during the Dodge Ram trucks commercial, which aired in the fourth quarter of Super ... Read More »

MS Joins Rice Federation

Decision hailed as an important step in rice industry unification On Jan. 4, USA Rice Federation announced that the Mississippi rice industry is now a USA Rice Federation member, bringing Mississippi rice farmers together with farmers from other rice-producing states in the USA Rice organization. USA Rice now represents about 90 percent of U.S. rice production as well as the ... Read More »

California Dreamin’

Rice farmers reflect on family, wildlife and their love of the land The California Rice Commission posts blogs on its Web site by California rice farmers and others associated with the industry. The first two blogs featured here are by Sandy Denn, who, along with her husband Wally, owns and operates Snow Goose Farms near Willows in Glenn County. The ... Read More »

Unleash Pivot Power

Missouri farmer finds a new way to bring rice into the rotation BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Dennis Robison, who farms in the Missouri Bootheel, is typically in a 50/50 rotation between rice and soybeans on 2,600 acres. For the most part, this rotation works well for him with the exception of a 45-acre field that has sandy, loamy soil in ... Read More »

Will ‘13’ be ag’s lucky number?

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR When the House and Senate finally passed the so-called fiscal cliff bill, it happened on Jan. 1, 2013, and extended what we typically refer to as the 2008 Farm Bill through Sept. 30, 2013. After the extension was announced, the USA Rice Federation noted that, “The bill authorizes direct payments at no reduction for the 2013 ... Read More »

Teamwork & Streamlining

Careful planning and an experienced staff are keys to success BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Sam and Jim Whitaker grew up farming with their mother and father, then took over the operation when their father retired. All total, this past year marked the brothers’ 19th crop. They farm thousands of acres of rice, soybeans, cotton and corn in southeast Arkansas. “Twenty ... Read More »