ARLINGTON, VA – The spring issue of the Whole Grain, USA Rice’s newspaper, is bursting with industry news and now on its way to readers throughout the six rice producing states and Washington, DC.
The cover story, with a powerful photo by Missouri rice farmer Zach Worrell, is all about the makings of the newly released U.S. Rice Sustainability Report. “We have been working hard for years to tell the complete story of rice sustainability,” said Jennifer James, an Arkansas rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee, who is interviewed for the article. “As an industry, we have plenty to be proud of but we felt like that story wasn’t being told in any one place, until now.” How that report was created is a story unto itself, compiling data from all six rice states, hundreds of farms and mills, and 36 years of rice farming history from 1980 to 2015.
Another important topic featured in this issue is mental health, particularly as it pertains to rural communities where significant efforts are being made by state and local farm agencies to create more honesty around mental health and provide better access to healthcare at this crucial time.
News about trade, promotion activities, and a rice pretenders update are highlights, and don’t miss the Government Affairs Conference report with a photo gallery showcasing the annual sojourn to Capitol Hill to push the rice industry’s case to legislators. And, there’s more!
If you do not receive the Whole Grain in your mailbox, or you’d like additional copies to distribute to friends, neighbors, and colleagues, or you would like to advertise in future issues, contact Deborah Willenborg