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Sustainable practices help pave the way ahead

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost spring, and we’re charging forward into another crop year. No doubt as you have been preparing for planting season, you’ve been reflecting on the successes and challenges of previous seasons and applying those practical lessons on your farm. Sustainability goals help offer new solutions every year, saving farmers money, time and resources, and resonating ... Read More »

COVID-19 disrupts world rice marketing

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• By Peter Bachmann • The coronavirus pandemic, officially known as the “COVID-19” outbreak, has seemingly reached every corner of the globe and affected nearly every aspect of life since news of it hit the press in mid-January. International trade has been no exception to the disruptions. Cargo ships continue to chug across our oceans and barges continue to travel ... Read More »

We’re ready to forget 2019, but there are some highlights

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Farmers know better than anyone that not every year is going to be easy, but 2019 has certainly tried our collective patience. With heavy rain and even flooding across the country this spring, planting was delayed and almost 750,000 acres never got planted. With more than half of the U.S. rice crop exported annually, ongoing trade disputes, retaliatory tariffs and ... Read More »

The ‘last straw,’ made from rice, may be the most ecological

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• By Lesley Dixon • More and more businesses, consumers and governments are looking for ways to decrease their single-use plastic consumption, and disposable plastic straws have become a lightning rod in the worldwide effort to reduce plastic waste. Recently, scientists and manufacturers have turned to a new material that could make single-use plastics in the foodservice industry obsolete: rice. ... Read More »

USA Rice opens Rice Month Scholarship Contest

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High school seniors in the six U.S. rice-producing states have a chance to compete for $8,500 in scholarships in USA Rice’s annual National Rice Month Scholarship Contest. Applicants will create a 3-minute original video on a rice-related topic, including rice production, healthy eating or sustainability. The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this ... Read More »

Arkansas’ new truth-in-labeling law targets rice imposters

Vicky Boyd

The Arkansas Legislature recently passed a measure that sets strict definitions for a host of agricultural products, including rice, and requires food companies to accurately label their products. Gov. Asa Hutchison subsequently signed it into law, creating Act 501. The state legislation is an offshoot of efforts by USA Rice federally to have the Food and Drug Administration establish a ... Read More »

2 Horizon Ag varieties rank in top 3 in Nicaraguan cooking test

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Horizon Ag Clearfield rice and Provisia rice varieties – CL163 and PVL01 – ranked among the top three varieties for quality in a recent cooking test that compared samples from a previous shipment of U.S. rice to Brazilian and Nicaraguan varieties. The cooking test was part of a recent USA Rice mission to distribute long-grain rice samples to the two ... Read More »

Sustainability: A job we take seriously

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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 »

#RideWithRice

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USA Rice truck tour gives away free rice cookers to help dispel fears of cooking rice. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • USA Rice took to the road this fall to promote the virtues of U.S.-grown rice and try to demystify cooking of the grain. As part of the #RideWithRice program, USA Rice staff in a bright green decorated pick-up truck ... Read More »