Industry News

December 2014 Rice Farming_Page_30_Image_0001Winner, Winner!

Cannon Cummings, son of Marc and Ashley Cummings, was the proud winner of a $25 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift certificate at the 2014 RiceTec Field Day in Harrisburg, Ark. Congratulations, Cannon! Marc is a rice consultant in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri.

Louisiana Rice Promotion and Research Board

In August, the USA Rice Federation reported that Governor Bobby Jindal has made appointments to the 11-member Louisiana Rice Promotion Board that oversees the annual allocation of rice promotion check-off funds and the 15-member Louisiana Rice Research Board. Recently passed legislation corrected constitutional issues in the state’s rice promotion and research check-off statutes. The legislation, which had industry-wide support, passed without opposition in the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Jindal. As a result, a seat was added on both boards for the Commissioner of Agriculture or his designee, along with one additional seat. “I want to thank Governor Jindal for making appointments expeditiously and welcome each appointee,” said Louisiana Rice Promotion Board Chairman Kevin Berken, a rice farmer from Lake Arthur. “I look forward to our work together on behalf of Louisiana’s rice industry.”

Ben Mosely Joins USA Rice Federation as Vice President of Government Affairs

December 2014 Rice Farming_Page_30_Image_0002The USA Rice Federation is pleased to welcome Ben Mosely as the new Vice President of Government Affairs. Mosely comes to USA Rice from the U.S. Senate where he was most recently a senior staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. In that role, Ben advised the ranking Republican member, Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), on commodity and risk management programs, including cotton, rice, soybeans, corn, peanuts and crop insurance. Mosely was instrumental in getting the 2014 Farm Bill drafted and passed, including strong advocacy for rice industry priorities. Prior to his work on the Agriculture Committee, Ben worked on agriculture issues for Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and served on the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. “Ben’s arrival is perfectly situated: after passage of the Farm Bill, but during the crucial implementation stage,” said Betsy Ward, USA Rice’s president and CEO. “Ben’s deep understanding of the Farm Bill, and his strong conservation credentials, make him a great asset to our organization and our members. I know they join me in welcoming Ben.” Mosely is a native of Donalsonville, Ga., and he fully appreciates the impact federal farm policy has on rural communities. Ben also enjoys duck hunting, fishing and golf.

Valley Irrigation Honored

Valley University, the training organization of Valley Irrigation, has received an esteemed Learning in Practice Award from Chief Learning Officer magazine. During the recent Chief Learning Officer symposium in Carlsbad, Calif., the Valley University team won a Global Learning Award for accomplishments in delivering effective learning and development to a global workforce. Patrick Angel, director of global learning for Valley Irrigation, said the award is independent validation that Valley is focused on the right things.