Tag Archives: sustainability

Rice farmers recognized for sustainability, innovation

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• By Mark Isbell • 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 ... Read More »

Texas A&M sets Eagle Lake Rice Field Day for June 25

Mo Way

The 45th annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day is scheduled for 4 p.m., June 25, at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station on Farm-to-Market Road 102 just north of Eagle Lake. The field day will offer an opportunity for producers to tour the research station, making stops along the way to hear about insect management, weed management, plant nutrient ... Read More »

Bootheel farm embraces sustainability, which is reflected in its packaged rice

castor river farms rice

Whether at industry group annual meetings or during Web-based seminars, the message remains the same: Agriculture has to do a better job telling its story to try to connect with consumers, who are generations removed from their agrarian roots. Many of these same consumers are clueless about the source of their food, other than they purchased it at Kroger, HEB ... Read More »

Sustainability: A job we take seriously

usa rice sustainability report

By now, it cannot be doubted that the U.S. rice industry leads the way when it comes to sustainability in agriculture. Whether it’s providing essential wildlife habitat, conserving water and soil, or technical innovations that use less energy and decrease emissions, rice farmers and millers have made enormous strides in the past 30 years and continue to dedicate themselves to ... Read More »

Numbers don’t lie – industry has made huge sustainability gains

Vicky Boyd

To say you’re sustainable is one thing. But to put numbers to that statement — and numbers that show substantial improvement in using resources more efficiently — is quite another. USA Rice recently released the executive summary of its “2018 U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report” that cataloged the industry’s improvements during the past 36 years. We’re not talking small gains, ... Read More »

USA Rice seeks nominations for second annual Rice Sustainability Award

Jennifer James, and Jim and Lesli Whitaker

If you know a grower or entity that has embraced sustainability through innovative practices and leadership, they might be a perfect candidate for the second annual USA Rice Sustainability Award. Now in its second year, the award is designed to highlight rice’s unique environmental qualities and the men and women who improve its sustainability every day, according to a new ... Read More »

Where’s the rice?

I recently attended the Field to Vase Dinner held on the grounds of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Not only was the event a feast for the senses, but it also allowed California’s cut flower industry to showcase its incredible array of flowers, sustainability and family run operations. As part of the dinner, attendees  feasted on lamb produced just ... Read More »

Rice and sustainability

mark isbell

In this guest column, Lonoke County, Arkansas, rice producer Mark Isbell writes about the importance of engaging with groups developing sustainability initiatives to ensure the nuances of rice production are valued and compensated. Read More »