Snapshot: USA Rice Conference

Honorees, industry issues took center stage at St. Louis meeting. Despite inclement weather across the region, attendance at the 2013 USA Rice Outlook Conference in St. Louis was outstanding. More than 600 rice farmers and industry affiliates attended the meeting to hear presentations and visit the trade show’s 50 exhibits. The Dec. 5 morning program included presentations by Jim Wiesemeyer, ... Read More »

A Passion For Farming

‘So God Made a Rice Farmer’s Daughter’ By Jenna Martin Jenna Martin, 17, of Hickory Ridge, Ark., is the 2013-14 Miss Arkansas Rice. With this title, she will promote rice throughout the state. Jenna ends each of her speaking engagements with the following poem, which describes her passion for farming. “The first time I heard ‘So God Made a Farmer’ ... Read More »

Gotta wear shades

By Carroll Smith Editor When the song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” was written in the mid 1980s, listening audiences picked up on the title and began using it as a positive mantra although the actual lyrics wear of a darker nature. To this day, the positive spin continues. I was inspired by Betsy Ward’s column this ... Read More »

The future looks bright

USA Rice Federation is working for the entire industry. Stay In Touch With USA Rice • Contact Betsy at • Visit USA Rice at • Check out their You Tube channel at • Follow them on Twitter@eatusrice. Last month’s USA Rice Outlook Conference in St. Louis was a great success. Attendance was up despite inclement weather across ... Read More »

Carefully Manage High Input Costs

I grew up on a family farm in Grimes, Calif. While attending California State University-Chico, I got the opportunity to be a field checker for Colusa County Farm Supply. Therefore, after graduating in 1995, I went to work for Agriform as a PCA. I enjoy the opportunity to help other farmers and also continue to help out on my family’s ... Read More »

Start Clean, Plant Early

I’ve always been involved in agriculture on both sides of my family. In the seventh grade, I wrote the typical “What do you want to be when you grow up?” paper, and my choice was to be a crop consultant. That was my goal even then. In 1995, I worked for the Grenada County Extension office scouting cotton, and in ... Read More »

When Rice Shakes The World

Milo Hamilton is an agricultural economist, a co-founder of Firstgrain. com, a global authority on rice and an author. His new book, When Rice Shakes the World – The Importance of the First Grain to World Economic and Political Stability, is a cautionary tale about the social and agricultural upheaval occurring across Asia with the mass rural migration to urban ... Read More »

Select proper varieties and plant early

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist I can’t believe we are approaching another field season. I’m still working on reports from 2013 research! Anyway, the topic for this month is varietal selection, and I will try to address some important issues relating to this topic. In 2013, the most popular variety in Texas was Presidio, which generally ... Read More »

‘Well, we’re still here…’

By Carroll Smith Editor Buzzwords, which can be a word or a phrase, catch on from time to time in society, business groups, industries, the media, politics, etc. A popular buzzword in agriculture these days is sustainability. In rice, as well as in other commodities, it’s dominating conversations among consumers, end users, merchants, millers, researchers and university personnel, farmers, organizations ... Read More »

Industry News

Cooking contest in Japan increases reach of U.S. rice This summer, USA Rice conducted the highly-competitive U.S. Medium-Grain Rice Chef Menu Contest. One of the contestants, Mr. Masato Gokita of the Kiwa Corporation, created a dish called “Moussaka style of round eggplant gratin with U.S. Medium- Grain” that impressed judges enough to take second place. The experience of’working with U.S. ... Read More »