Meet the 2017 Rice Award recipients

2017 Rice Award recipients

Learn more about the three rice industry leaders recently recognized with 2017 Rice Awards at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio.

They are (from left to right in the photo):

• Christian Richard, a rice producer from Kaplan, Louisiana, was named the 2017 Rice Farmer of the Year.

• Chuck Wilson, who recently retired from USA Rice after 40 years of service, was honored with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Wilson is from DeWitt, Arkansas.

• Dr. Xueyan Sha, a rice breeder with the University of Arkansas in Stuttgart, received the 2017 Rice Industry Award.

Congratulations to all. Watch for nominations for the 2018 Rice Awards coming next summer on this website.

These awards are presented annually by Rice Farming magazine in partnership with Horizon Ag and USA Rice. Read more.