ARLINGTON, VA – While insiders know U.S.-grown rice is one of the most sustainable and responsibly grown crops in the world, telling that story to those who are unaware is increasingly important. To help recognize the crop’s unique environmental qualities and the men and women who improve rice’s sustainability every day, USA Rice has launched a new Sustainability Award to identify and promote prime examples.
The USA Rice Sustainability 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.
“Rice farming today, by definition, is sustainable, but we think it’s important to recognize leaders in the field, both internally and externally,” said Jennifer James, an Arkansas rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee that created the new award category. “We are looking for men and women and companies who embody sustainability by their actions and who are willing to share their vision of the future and commitment to the environment with others and help others follow in their footsteps.”
James said the award committee is now accepting nominations through September 29, 2017 and that 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