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USA Rice seeks nominations for annual sustainability award

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• By Lydia Holmes • While this year may look very different in many ways, the sustainability efforts of the U.S. rice industry continue with renewed commitment. Take time to recognize the crop’s unique environmental qualities and the diligent men and women who improve rice’s sustainability every day by nominating them for the 2020 USA Rice Sustainability Award. The annual ... Read More »

COVID-19 prompts cancellation of 2020 Rice Outlook Conference

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• By Deborah Willenborg • The 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, in Austin, Texas, will not be held in-person due to the impossibility of putting on a large trade show and conference in compliance with public health safety guidelines and regulations. The USA Rice Board of Directors met via conference call Sept. 1 to discuss other ... Read More »

Rice growers check for damage from Laura, make repairs

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Since September 2005, Hurricane Rita has been southwest Louisiana’s reference for measuring the severity of weather events.  Yesterday, thanks to Hurricane Laura, this area received a new reference point and a wound from which it will take some time to recover. The city of Lake Charles felt the brunt of the storm, although the port and the rail facility there ... Read More »

DU recognizes Scott Manley for rice stewardship work

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Dr. Scott Manley received an inaugural Ducks Unlimited Excellence in Conservation Award for his work on the Rice Stewardship Partnership. DU’s Conservation Programs Committee created these awards — a first for for the 83-year-old organization — to recognize outstanding conservation accomplishments and the DU staff who made them possible. The 2020 awards were announced Aug. 20 during the committee’s summer ... Read More »

Annual scholarship video contest features new sponsor, better prizes

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The annual National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest is up and running with a new sponsor, American Commodity Co., and a revamped website full of information and tips on making and submitting a great video. Open to graduating high school students from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Texas, the contest asks students to create a video that in 3 ... Read More »

Changing of the guard as USA Rice elects news leadership

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• By Deborah Willenborg • USA Rice, The Rice Foundation, the USA Rice Millers’ Association and the USA Rice Merchants’ Association elected new chairs for their respective board of directors during recent annual meetings held via video conference calls. All newly elected officers will assume their two-year posts Aug. 1. USA Rice’s new chair, Bobby Hanks, CEO of Supreme Rice ... Read More »

U.S. rice industry announces 2030 sustainability targets

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This is an exciting time to grow rice in the United States. Advances in technology and innovative practices have revolutionized the industry and made us one of the most sustainable crops in the world. Over the past 30 years, we’ve seen significant decreases in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, groundbreaking efforts to support conservation and reduction of water use ... Read More »

COVID-19 will test us, but we will not falter

These are difficult times for us all, to be sure. As I write this, sitting not in my office with a view of the Washington Monument but rather in my home in suburban Maryland, I can’t help but think how much our lives have changed in just one week. I’m trying to imagine what conditions will exist as you read ... Read More »

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 »