MEMPHIS, TN – A new webinar series focused on the impressive sustainability record of the U.S. rice industry continues Thursday, April 9, at 12:00 noon EST. 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 last in the initial 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: Sustaining Communities and Looking to the Future.”
The webinar will focus on how technological advances, such as the automation of water control structures, remote sensing technology, and variable rate technology for fertilizer and spray, provide a promising future for enhanced sustainability practices. Speakers will address industry goals of continuous improvement and what rice extension specialists think will help farmers and millers achieve them.
In addition to the future of growing practices, the webinar will also cover how the rice industry is truly the economic engine of many rural towns in U.S. rice growing regions, providing jobs, building community, and sustaining the local economy. Speakers will talk about how rice industry businesses and farms in these small rural towns make all the difference when it comes to regional economic viability.
Webinar speakers include: Carl Brothers, a retired executive from Riceland Foods and long-time resident of Stuttgart, Arkansas; Jarrod Hardke, extension rice specialist, University of Arkansas; Bobby Golden, extension rice specialist, Mississippi State University; and Dustin Harrell, extension rice specialist, Louisiana State University.
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.