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Arkansas Rice taps Kelly Robbins as new executive director

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• By Josh Hankins • The Arkansas Rice Federation board selected Kelly Robbins as the organization’s new executive director, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Lauren Waldrip, a partner at Campbell Ward, a Little Rock-based public affairs and public relations firm. Most recently, Robbins served as executive director for the Arkansas Petroleum Council and has previously served as executive vice president ... Read More »

Rice acres may cushion economic impacts of COVID on Arkansas farms

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• By Mary Hightower • Growing rice may provide some insulation from the economic impacts of COVID-19 for Arkansas farms, but cotton growers are likely to be harder hit through 2023, according to a model run by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The study did have an upside: the negative effects from COVID-19 on 2019 commodity prices ... Read More »

Anheuser Busch-Indigo partnership yields resource, methane reductions

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Rice growers who last season participated in a pilot partnership formed by Anheuser-Busch and Indigo Ag were able to significantly reduce water use, nitrogen applications and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the two companies have decided to expand the program this season to 2.7 million bushels of rice from 2.2 million bushels in 2019, according to a news release. ... Read More »

UArk takes a hard look at COVID-19 impacts on state’s economy

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• By Mary Hightower • Arkansas agriculture and the state’s rural areas may face the potential for significant disruption in supply chain, labor and government services due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-sector economic impact released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The 15-page report, released Friday, provides an overview of potential ... Read More »

Arkansas names rice the ‘Food of the Year’

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• By Lesley Dixon • The Arkansas Department of Heritage aims to preserve and protect Arkansas’s natural and cultural heritage, and enhance the experience of visitors and locals alike. Within the department, the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame accepts nominations from the public for restaurants, proprietors, and events that embody and celebrate Arkansas cuisine. Award winners will be announced on ... Read More »

Cheers!

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Arkansas rice stars in bourbon from Little Rock’s Rock Town Distillery • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • By definition, bourbon whiskey must be made in the United States and be at least 51% corn, but that means 49% can be other grains. For Phil Brandon, founder of Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock, Arkansas, the natural choice for one of ... Read More »

Rice farmer elected Arkansas Farm Bureau president

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Rich Hillman, a grower of field crops, including rice, near Carlisle was recently elected as Arkansas Farm Bureau’s new president, and Mike Freeze of Little Rock was chosen as the agriculture advocacy organization’s new vice president. Both were selected during Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Delegates also elected six other board members ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases new ‘Lynx’ medium grain

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Lynx, a new medium-grain rice variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, offers high yields and early maturity. “Lynx consistently showed a yield advantage over both Jupiter and Titan in rice-growing areas north of I-40 and west of Crowley’s Ridge, where the majority of the state’s medium-grain rice is grown,” said Xueyan Sha, professor and rice breeder ... Read More »

Nature Conservancy teams with Kellogg’s to give away pump timers

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With financial support from Kellogg’s, The Nature Conservancy plans to give away and install Murphy pump timers to rice producers within Arkansas’ Cache River watershed. The region, centered around Newport and Walnut Ridge, is an area both groups are targeting to increase conservation practices, said Guilherme Prezotti, Delta project manager for The Nature Conservancy. As part of the conservation effort, ... Read More »