Until about 10 years ago when Rice Farming Magazine was sold to One Grower Publishing, I was at home as editor of the publication. Veteran agricultural journalist Carroll Smith stepped in as editor and has kept the magazine on its successful course.
Imagine my elation when I received a recent phone call from One Grower publisher Lia Guthrie inviting me to rejoin Rice Farming as editor. Naturally I responded with a resounding “yes”!
Don’t worry – Carroll isn’t leaving. She’s just moving over to fill the editorial void at our sister magazine, Cotton Farming, left by the retirement of longtime editor Tommy Horton.
Only a week before Lia’s call, I had been north of Marysville in California’s rice country talking to producer Charley Mathews Jr. Later that night, I attended the Rice Leadership Program dinner in Williams, Calif.
Being out in rice fields and among growers and other industry representatives felt comfortable – kind of like your favorite pair of old jeans.
In the coming months, I look forward to reconnecting with old acquaintances and meeting new ones. Feel free to contact me with comments, story ideas or just to say “hi” at firstname.lastname@example.org or 209-505-3612.