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New year, fresh start

2019 arkansas rice outlook conference

It seems like we spent a good portion of the past year counting the days until it would be over — and now it finally is. We’re turning the page on what by all accounts was a pretty terrible year. At the risk of jinxing us, 2021 is off to a good start. Most importantly, the scientific and medical community ... Read More »

USDA-ARS researcher recognized with 2020 USA Rice Sustainability Award

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• By Lydia Holmes • Dr. Michele Reba, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agricultural Agriculture Research Service, is the 2020 recipient of the USA Rice Sustainability Award. Reba was chosen for her leadership and innovative research around sustainable rice production. Her specialties in civil engineering and hydrology make her unique in the rice research world. But what ... Read More »

2020 National Rice Month scholarship contest sets records

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• By Lesley Dixon • Before the panel of judges watched the first video in this year’s National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest, the 2020 entries made an impression just on their sheer number — a record-breaking 107. “Since 2016, when the contest went solely to video and opened up to all high school seniors from one of the six ... Read More »

New kid on the block

DG263L

First DynaGro rice variety shows high yield potential, good grain quality in trials. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Since acquiring Bayer’s rice breeding program in 2015, Nutrien Ag Solutions and its parent company, Agrium, have mostly flown under the radar developing new rice cultivars. That will change in 2021 with the launch of DG263L, a high-yielding, high-quality, long-grain inbred ... Read More »

A nontraditional December fit for 2020

david lacour, katie maher

Under normal circumstances as the year draws to a close, we would be gathering at the USA Rice Outlook Conference to learn, celebrate, and spend time with friends and colleagues from the industry around the country. Of course, these aren’t normal circumstances. Public health concerns and travel restrictions have prevented us from getting together this time around, but it can’t ... Read More »

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

david lacour, katie maher

• 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

2019 winner Kyle Voong

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 »