From the Field Editor’s Blog

Arkansas producers urged to follow voluntary smoke management plan

wheat stubble burning

Arkansas producers have only to look to California to see what can happen if they don’t follow a voluntary smoke management program and get their open-field burning under control. “If we don’t make an active attempt to manage this issue, it will likely be managed for us,” says Jarrod Hardke, University of Arkansas Extension rice agronomist. The issue isn’t limited ... Read More »

FDA’s enforcement against plant-based ‘milk’ may bode well for rice

eat real rice bumper sticker

It appears the Food and Drug Administration may begin enforcing a standard of identity that defines milk as a “lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” This would mean the plant-based beverages made from ingredients, such as almonds, soybeans, hemp and even rice, would have to change the term “milk” ... Read More »

California water board’s actions a sign of things to come

Old River

Here we go again. The California State Water Resources Control Board has come out with an updated proposal for unimpaired flows on the San Joaquin River and its tributaries. Upon first glance, the most-recent rendition isn’t much changed since the board originally floated the proposal in November 2016. At the heart is leaving an average of 40 percent of water ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter reorganizes parish agents to improve sustainability

Kurt Guidry

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” so the proverb goes. Faced with tight budgets, the Louisiana State University AgCenter needed to take a hard look at Extension agents in its parishes and invent a more sustainable way to provide services to its clientele. “Our hope is to get to a level from a budget standpoint where we’re much more sustainable,” ... Read More »

Where’s the rice?

I recently attended the Field to Vase Dinner held on the grounds of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Not only was the event a feast for the senses, but it also allowed California’s cut flower industry to showcase its incredible array of flowers, sustainability and family run operations. As part of the dinner, attendees  feasted on lamb produced just ... Read More »

The 4 R’s: Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic and rice

branding demonstration at Union Livestock Inc.

I recently sat in on one day of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau’s four-day Ag in the Classroom program. Now in its 32nd year, it is designed to educate the educators about the importance of ag in the county and of the job opportunities the industry can offer students down the line. Many of the participants, who grew up ... Read More »

Crawfish: The ultimate recyclers


When you think about it, crawfish are nature’s ultimate recyclers. Because of that, the red crustacean complements the rice industry’s already strong sustainability story. Sustainability is like a three-legged stool comprising economic, environmental and social benefits. If you’re missing even one of those, the stool falls over. Most of the crawfish grown in South Texas and Louisiana are part of ... Read More »

California State Water Project makes initial allocations

San Luis Reservoir

The California Department of Water Resources announced an initial 2016 water allocation of 10 percent for customers of the State Water Project. The allocation could be increased or decreased, depending on precipitation received this winter. The Department of Water Resources, which operates the project, will make monthly announcements about the supply situation. Read More »

More Bang For Your Buck!

For as long as I remember, the USA Rice Outlook Conference has been an outstanding meeting where all segments of the industry gather to hear the latest developments pertaining to U.S. rice from the field, the Hill, domestic and foreign markets and all points in between. The 2015 meeting, which will be held Dec. 9-11 in New Orleans, La., is ... Read More »

2015 Rice Awards Nominations Open

It’s that time again! We are inviting you to nominate rice industry leaders for the 2015 Rice Awards, sponsored by Horizon Ag, Rice Farming magazine and the USA Rice Federation. The categories are Rice Farmer of the Year, Rice Industry Award and Rice Lifetime Achievement Award. The recipients will be honored at an awards luncheon at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans, La., in December. The deadline for nominations is June 30, 2015. Read More »