MEMPHIS, TN – A webinar series focused on the impressive sustainability record of the U.S. rice industry continues next Tuesday, February 18, at 12:00 noon EST. The third in the four-part series, hosted by the American Society of Agronomy and sponsored by The Rice Foundation and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, is titled, “Seeking Net Neutral: Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Rice Industry.”
From more fuel-efficient farm equipment to fewer field equipment passes, U.S. rice farmers are making great strides in reducing on-farm energy use. At the mill, production facility efficiencies and renewable energy are becoming increasingly common, with enterprising millers working to convert waste (i.e., rice hulls) into energy. Solar technology is being employed across the rice industry to reduce energy costs and become energy neutral. This webinar will discuss how these and other activities are enhancing the sustainability of the U.S. rice industry.
Webinar speakers include Chris Crutchfield, president and CEO of American Commodity Company; A.J. Hood, a farmer from southeast Arkansas who manages Tillar and Company; Carl Kiser, plant Manager for Agrilectric Power Partners and Agrilectric Research Company in Lake Charles, Louisiana; and, Fred Zaunbrecher, a fifth-generation rice farmer from Rayne, Louisiana.
"The webinars are an extension of the work done around the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report, and are open to anyone interested in learning about rice sustainability efforts and practices,” said Dr. Steve Linscombe, director of The Rice Foundation. “Since these are recorded, anyone who registers online can watch the webinar on their own schedule."
Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for this webinar although you do not have to be a certified crop advisor or professional agronomist to sign up.