From the Field Editor’s Blog

WOTUS: A Scary Proposition

Please Comment On Proposed WOTUS Rule By October 20! Arkansas congressman Rick Crawford recently noted that EPA’s new proposed rule under the Clean Water Act titled “Waters of the U.S.,” or WOTUS, is definitely cause for concern among rice farmers. And after the USA Rice Federation attended a forum in Crowley, La., on July 9, at which the EPA Region ... Read More »

You might be a rice farmer’s wife if…

After talking with a rice farmer a few days ago, he reminded me of the important part that “the other half of the team” plays in successfully running a farming operation. In his particular case, a rice farming operation. So, in sticking with the particulars, the other half of the team that we were discussing referred to rice farmers’ wives. ... Read More »

Please share your photos

I agree with the old cliché that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I am asking all of you to please send me photos of your operation as the season begins and progresses throughout the year. One caveat is to include not only the photo but also a short caption explaining what is going on. I can then ... Read More »

Weather never ceases to amaze!

The realization that we were probably going to be in for a cold and crazy winter started for me as Lia Guthrie (our publisher) and I had to “make a run for it” in leaving the USA Rice Outlook Conference in early December. We hurriedly packed the car, made sure we had all of our supplies, which included blankets, water, ... Read More »

Make plans to attend summer field day

Summer has finally arrived, and many rice field days have been scheduled to showcase the latest information in all areas of rice production. Go to the Rice Farming home page and look under “Events” to see where and when they are being held this year. The men and women involved in the preparations to make sure everything runs smoothly have ... Read More »

It’s Showtime!

For more than 60 years, folks throughout the South have made the trip to Memphis, Tenn., to take part in the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. In less than a week, they will once again pack up the family and head this way to see the latest in agricultural equipment, products and services and hear commodity updates and other ag-related ... Read More »

Nominations open for rice awards

Since 1992, Rice Farming magazine, the USA Rice Federation and an industry sponsor, which, today, is Horizon Ag, have honored rice producers and rice industry leaders for their innovation, leadership, management, marketing strategies and involvement in the U.S. rice industry. The Rice Award categories include Rice Farmer of the Year, Rice Industry award and Rice Lifetime Achievement award. Nominations are ... Read More »

Promote US Rice and go for the gold

In a recent press release, the USA Rice Federation is encouraging high school seniors throughout rice country to invest some of their vacation time in planning an innovative promotion activity for September Rice Month. The rice promotion not only promotes awareness of U.S. rice in your community but also may mean that you will win some significant scholarship money to ... Read More »

The Oil Spill: Bird Habitats

The BP oil spill has been at the top of the news for months now as the company continues its efforts to stop the flow and clean up the oily mess that is drifting onto our Southern shores. I witnessed some of the damage myself last week during a trip to the Gulf Coast. The massive oil spill has touched ... Read More »