Rice Farmers Recognized for Sustainability, Innovation

Two men and one woman stand in front of poster of blue sky with puffy white clouds, man in the middle holds plaque
Timothy Gertson (center) in the FTM spotlight
Jun 26, 2019
OAK BROOK, IL -- Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, convened here this week for their summer plenary, and to announce the 2019 Farmer Spotlights, an award recognizing innovative farmers engaging in continuous improvement and utilizing Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator.

Each month Field to Market highlights one of the Farmer Spotlights with a press release and media push to bring attention to the individual efforts of each winner.  Two of the six 2019 Spotlights are U.S. rice farmers:  Timothy Gertson of Lisse, Texas, and Charlie Fontenot of Palmetto, Louisiana.

“The Field Print Calculator helps me make sure that I’m always moving forward, not stagnant, and never moving backwards,” said Gertson when he accepted his award.  Fontenot was not able to attend the meetings in person but was featured in a video produced by Field to Market highlighting what sustainability means to him and his operation.

Following the meeting, USA Rice, Riceland, Syngenta, and Nestle Purina hosted a dinner to honor the award-winning rice farmers.