Tag Archives: Ag Policy

FDA’s enforcement against plant-based ‘milk’ may bode well for rice

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It appears the Food and Drug Administration may begin enforcing a standard of identity that defines milk as a “lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” This would mean the plant-based beverages made from ingredients, such as almonds, soybeans, hemp and even rice, would have to change the term “milk” ... Read More »

The 4 R’s: Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic and rice

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I recently sat in on one day of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau’s four-day Ag in the Classroom program. Now in its 32nd year, it is designed to educate the educators about the importance of ag in the county and of the job opportunities the industry can offer students down the line. Many of the participants, who grew up ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter plans Crowley rice field day for June 27

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Rice farmers at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day on June 27 will hear about research being conducted to help them grow a better crop. “This is an opportunity for our faculty members to tell rice producers about their work,” says Don Groth, resident coordinator at the station. “Since the station’s beginning in 1909, the ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter faces potentially devastating budget cuts

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Faced with what they call potentially devastating cuts to research and educational programs, Louisiana State University AgCenter leaders have called on constituents to contact their local lawmakers and educate them on the importance of these programs. In a call-to-action letter to supporters, AgCenter leaders outlined the dire financial situation they face as a result of the state’s $650 million shortfall. ... Read More »

USA Rice takes aim at pretenders

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The rice pretender war is heating up this spring as USA Rice is registering formal complaints and offering recommended fixes to purveyors of what the trade group terms “rice pretenders.” “Rice pretenders are food products that are marketed as rice, but contain no rice at all,”says Paul Galvani, chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee that is spearheading this ... Read More »