Jennifer James, a rice farmer from Newport, Arkansas, was recently named the 2017 Farmer of the Year by the Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture.
The award is presented to a producer who has embraced conservation and stewardship efforts on his or her farm while advancing sustainable agriculture.
James, a fourth-generation producer, manages her family’s 6,000-acre farm with sustainability at the center of decision making and an eye toward future generations.
“Her leadership and commitment to sustainable agriculture is marked by her steadfast dedication to conserving natural resources and instituting practices that provide wildlife habitat while benefiting soil, water, and air quality,” says Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market.
Betsy Ward, president and CEO of USA Rice, had equal praise.
“It is well-known within the industry that farmers are good stewards of the land, but the recognition coming here to Jennifer – and by extension our industry – is exciting.
“As chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, Jennifer has taken the lead for our industry in this area, and through her example and leadership, she is helping to tell our great story to consumers and end-users who want to know and need to know everything we are doing. We appreciate the recognition and congratulate Jennifer and her family on this high honor.”
Farm to Mark also honored Kellogg Company, Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy with the 2017 Collaboration of the Year Award for their collective efforts to deliver sustainable outcomes for agriculture in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay.
Award winners were selected by Field to Market’s Board of Directors and its Awards and Recognition Committee. Field to Market comprises more than 130 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain. USA Rice is one of those members.