A dream come true


Direct-farmer marketing pays off with a rough rice shipment to Mexico. If we begin with the premise that rice producers today have lost most of the assistance they used to receive from Washington, then marketing their harvests takes on an even greater importance. Pricing the crop is pretty much it; there are not a lot of chances to make money ... Read More »

Louisiana seeks Hall of Distinction nominations

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Louisiana Hall of Distinction award. Founded in 2013, the award is a cooperative effort among the Louisiana Radio Network, the Louisiana State University AgCenter, and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Read More »

Life has been good but not easy

As a huge college football fan, particularly the SEC, I love watching the “SEC Storied” documentary series, launched by ESPN films in September 2011. Being a college football fan in the off-season is difficult, so I look for anything related to football to fill the gap until the upcoming games begin. I was thrilled to discover the “SEC Storied” series, ... Read More »

Trans Pacific Partnership

USRPA will continue to work with the Mexican Rice Council to negotiate a satisfactory outcome for the TPP. Mexico is the largest market for U.S. rice, and it appears that one of the consequences of the new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is to take that market away. It is clear that our negotiating team thinks autos, computers ... Read More »

Early RMTC sign up is brisk

Rice Market & Technology Convention goes to Cancun, Mexico! Building on the success of last year’s big event in San Jose, Costa Rica, the 2015 Rice Market & Technology Convention (RMTC 2015) is heading to Mexico, the largest rice-importing country in the Western Hemisphere. The following well known companies and entities have already confirmed registration: Saman (Uruguay), Arrocera Los Corrales ... Read More »

Cuba and the USA

Nurturing the seeds of a new beginning…finally. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” I am reminded of this Chinese proverb when I reflect on the foresight and perseverance that American rice farmers and their allies displayed almost 20 years ago. It was then that the US Rice Producers Association ... Read More »

Mercosur expands its international rice trade

This market situation deserves attention for supply potential and ability to set prices. By Tiago Barata Owner/Publisher of Agrotendencias Ltda – a rice market analysis publication focused on the Mercosur market Sao Gabriel, RG, Brazil Advisory Group, USRPA A yearly contributor to the Rice Market & Technology Convention Commercial Flow Status Representing slightly more than three percent of the global ... Read More »

Rice Disease Relief In 2014

Disease resistance breeding efforts contribute to mild year By Bruce Schultz LSU AgCenter Disease in rice was not as big of a problem in 2014 for most growers as in previous years, according to LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth. “With as much rain as we had, sheath blight wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” he said. The ... Read More »


• Jan. 21: Cover crop, soil health workshop, Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro, La. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Tom H. Scott Extension & Education Center. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. Lunch provided at noon. Beatrix Haggard will lead the discussion. Contact Haggard at (318) 498-2967 or BHaggard@agcenter.lsu.edu. • Feb. 11: 2015 Arkansas State ... Read More »