KINDER, LA – For 16 years, the face and voice of USA Rice in Louisiana has been Randy Jemison, but as with other good things, this too must come to an end. Later this month, Randy will retire to spend more time with his family and grandchildren here, and while replacing Randy is not possible, his good work will be carried on by Kane Webb.
“Randy was a tireless advocate for Louisiana’s rice farmers and the whole industry; we thank him for his years of service and we’re going to miss his work ethic, vision, and humor,” said Eric Unkel, a Kinder, LA rice farmer, president of the Louisiana Rice Council, and a USA Rice Board member. “Kane’s work is cut out for him on a lot of fronts, but Randy is turning things over in good shape and we are excited to have Kane as our new representative.”
Kane was raised on a rice and cattle farm south of Iowa, LA, and is a graduate of McNeese State University with a BS in Agronomy and an alumnus of the LSU Agricultural Leadership Development Program, Class VII.
Kane knows rice, having begun his professional career as a TILT specialist scouting rice fields in south Louisiana for disease and rendering treatment recommendations, and then going to work for Helena Chemical out of Crowley, assisting rice farmers in Acadia and Vermillion parishes, as well as other areas of southwest Louisiana.
Kane serves on the Mavericks Board of the MSU Alumni Association, is President of Rotary of Lake Charles, and participates in various other civic organizations around the community. He lives in Lake Charles with his wife and two daughters and they are members of the St. Luke-Simpson United Methodist Church, located in Lake Charles.
When not thinking about, speaking for, or eating rice, Kane can be found spending time with his family, hunting and fishing, and even golfing from time to time.