Spring Whole Grain Speaks Truth to Power

Young boy in mature rice field at sunset
The face of sustainability
Apr 28, 2021
ARLINGTON, VA – It seems cliché to talk about sustainability as something new, especially for those who work in ag, but when everyone from President Biden on down is focused on the impact American agriculture can have on climate conditions, it’s important to remind folks that the U.S. rice industry is way out ahead on this issue.  The Spring Whole Grain focuses on the many different strategies that have worked in the past to bolster conservation and sustainability as well as what’s on tap in the future to maintain the industry’s legacy of stewardship.

“When Arkansas rice farmer Mark Isbell testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry less than two months into the new Biden Administration, it was an indication of how impressive the rice industry’s record of sustainability is to the powers that be,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  “In this issue of the Whole Grain, you get to read Mark’s thoughts on what happens when sustainability theories become reality and why input from folks with boots on the ground is vital to policy makers.”

This issue also has an analysis on the advantages of virtual meetings and how they’ve changed our lives forever, a comprehensive review of the new and improved thinkrice.com website, legislative updates on Biden Administration officials, the 117th Congress, this year’s Government Affairs Conference, and more.
“Before you read a word of text, however, you’ll want to frame the cover photo, taken by Missouri rice farmer Zach Worrell, and hang it on a wall in your farm shop, mill, or business office,” said Ward.  “It’s a powerful image, and really “speaks” to the whole objective of sustainability.”
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