Rice farmers recognized for sustainability, innovation

• By Mark Isbell •

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Timothy Gertson (center), a rice producer from Lissie, Texas, was one of six growers recognized by Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, for their sustainability efforts.

Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, recently convened in Chicago for its summer plenary and to announce the 2019 Farmer Spotlights, an award recognizing innovative farmers engaging in continuous improvement and using Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator.

Each month Field to Market highlights one of the Farmer Spotlights with a press release and media push to bring attention to the individual efforts. Two of the six 2019 Spotlights are U.S. rice farmers: Timothy Gertson of Lissie, Texas, and Charlie Fontenot of Palmetto, Louisiana.

“The Field Print Calculator helps me make sure that I’m always moving forward, not stagnant, and never moving backwards,” said Gertson when he accepted his award. Fontenot was not able to attend the meetings in person but was featured in a video produced by Field to Market highlighting what sustainability means to him and his operation.

Following the meeting, USA Rice, Riceland Foods, Syngenta and Nestle Purina hosted a dinner to honor the award-winning rice farmers.

This article first appeared in USA Rice’s “Rice Daily” e-newsletter.