ARLINGTON, VA – Only two weeks remain to nominate yourself or someone you know for the first ever USA Rice Sustainability Award.
The award is open to individuals or entities with significant involvement in the U.S. rice industry and with a history of promoting and advancing sustainability through innovative practices and demonstrated leadership in the sustainability community.
“Putting sustainable practices into your operation is important, but just as important is telling people you are doing it,” said Jennifer James, an Arkansas rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee that created the new award. “This is about communicating to the public and our customers that we are being responsible and we are doing right by the environment. If we don’t show them that we are the good guys, how will they know? What if they start to deselect U.S. rice because they don’t realize how environmentally beneficial we really are? That would be a disaster for us, but also for the environment and the wildlife habitats we’re creating.”
The award committee is accepting nominations through September 29, 2017 and the award will be presented at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in San Antonio, Texas on December 10, 2017.
The application form can be found here