MEMPHIS, TN – A new webinar series focused on the impressive sustainability record of the U.S. rice industry makes its debut tomorrow at 12:00 noon EDT. The webinars are an extension of the work done around the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report, and are open to anyone interested in learning about rice sustainability efforts and practices.
The first in the four-part series hosted by the American Society of Agronomy and sponsored by The Rice Foundation and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, is titled “U.S. Rice: Sustainability Powerhouse.”
“The U.S. rice industry’s commitment to sustainability dates back generations, long before the word “sustainability” became a popular, if difficult to define, term,” said Jennifer James, Arkansas rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Sustainability Committee. “In the first webinar, you’ll hear from U.S. rice farmers on why preserving resources and providing habitat is important to them, and why end users are making investments around the implementation of more sustainable practices.”
Tomorrow’s webinar speakers include James; Bill Jones, rice agronomy manager with Anheuser-Busch, Paul Buttner, manager of environmental affairs at the California Rice Commission; and George Dunklin, past president of Duck’s Unlimited.
Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for this webinar although you do not have to be a certified crop advisor or professional agronomist to sign up.