Tag Archives: coronavirus

MSU’s 2020 Row Crop Short Course falls victim to COVID-19

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It is with great regret that we have cancelled the 2020 Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Due to the global pandemic, we see no viable way to conduct this event. Our team did not make this decision lightly and waited as late as possible before doing so. We are still operating under conditions that limit the number ... 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 »

COVIC-19 prompts 1-year pause to Rice Leadership Program

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Normally in mid-July, Steve Linscombe would be mailing out brochures that promote the upcoming Rice Leadership Development Program and that seek rice industry applicants. But like so many events and programs this year, the leadership program has been disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, says Linscombe, who heads the Rice Foundation, which oversees the ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter Rice Field Day goes virtual

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• By Bruce Schultz • UPDATED — The 2020 field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley will be held online only because of the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. The internet presentations by Rice Research Station faculty is now available for viewing at www.LSUAgCenter.com/ricefieldday. “This virtual field day will allow our scientists ... Read More »

Global rice prices recede from peak, but some remain above pre-pandemic levels

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As several rice-exporting countries around the world begin to ease COVID-related export and other trade restrictions, global prices have become more competitive, falling from their peak earlier in May, according to an economic impact report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Alvaro Durand-Morat, research assistant professor for the Division of Agriculture and ... Read More »

On with the show

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Despite coronavirus restrictions, rice breeding programs continue albeit with a few changes. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • In mid-March, University of Arkansas rice breeder Xueyan Sha decided only a few days before his scheduled trip to the university’s Puerto Rican winter nursery to cancel it because of the coronavirus outbreak. Although the move meant he wouldn’t be able to ... Read More »

#stillfarming

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Several groups have taken to social media using the hashtag #stillfarming to let consumers know that agriculture is one of 16 essential business structures and that farmers continue to grow food during the coronavirus pandemic. As some farmers I know have joked, they’ve been social distancing alone in their tractor cabs for years, so self-isolating is nothing new. All joking ... Read More »

California Farm Bureau survey spotlights COVID-19’s impact on ag

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Lost markets and lost off-farm income related to the COVID-19 pandemic have proven doubly difficult for many California farmers and ranchers, according to a survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation. More than half of the farmers responding to the voluntary survey said they had lost customers or sales due to COVID-19, and nearly half said they or someone in ... Read More »

LSU survey shows crawfish income down, season shortened

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• By Bruce Schultz • Results from a survey of crawfish producers show that decreased demand for their product is resulting in lost income of about $500 per acre and a season that could end about 40 days sooner than usual in some cases. “When you look at all those things, it’s a pretty impactful scenario for producers,” said Louisiana ... Read More »

Louisiana governor issues ‘stay at home’ order

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide stay at home order beginning at 5 p.m., Monday, March 23, for non-essential workers and businesses to stem the spread of coronavirus. Louisiana will join California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, Delaware and Connecticut that already have stay at home orders, sometimes referred to as shelter in place orders. The order ... Read More »