‘‘Growing up on a farm in Northeast Louisiana, I was always interested in agriculture,” says rice consultant Richard Costello. “I like watching the crops grow and progress. It gets in your blood. During my advanced postdoctoral training at Louisiana State University, my cousin Michael Costello recruited me to check their rice on the weekends. That’s where I got my rice consulting start.
“As consultants, we all have a vested interest in our farmers’ success. That’s what motivates us to attend meetings and get out in the growers’ fields and make the best decisions we can so they will be profitable. If our farmers don’t make it at the end of the day, then we are not going to make it at the end of the day.”
Read more about Richard Costello of Oak Grove, Louisiana, in the 2018 Rice Consultant of the Year special tribute.