ARLINGTON, VA – The Rice Stuff
podcast examination of climate change continues with Episode 33
, “Climate Change – The Agronomy.”
“Whether it’s drought, flooding, salt-water intrusion, rising temperatures, or something else, climate change is impacting agriculture throughout rice country,” said USA Rice vice president of communications and domestic promotion and show co-host Michael Klein. “We wanted to take some time in this episode to very deliberately look at how climate change is impacting agriculture and what agriculture is doing to mitigate the impact the practices that feed us have on the climate.”
Klein said the show was thrilled to secure fifth-generation Arkansas rice farmer Jim Whitaker as a guest.
“Jim is a major thought-leader and early-adopter of sustainable farming practices and he offers some fantastic advice about how every farmer can make a difference without going broke,” said show co-host Lesley Dixon.
Dr. Arlene Adviento-Borbe, a research agronomist with the Delta Water Management Research Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Jonesboro, Arkansas, also joined the podcast. As an expert dedicated to improving crop agroecosystems with an emphasis on water quality, grain quality and yield, and enhancing plant resilience to deal with climate change Dr. Adviento-Borbe made for an outstanding guest.
Show co-host Dr. Steve Linscombe also weighed in on the climate impacts he’s seen change over his career and what the future of rice farming could look like.
Future Rice Stuff
climate episodes will look into public policy, global markets, and how to effectively communicate what the industry is doing on the topic.
“We still want this to be a dialogue with the industry and our listeners,” Klein said. “I hope folks will tweet at us or leave us messages or questions on our website that we can cover in future episodes. You can do that right from our website www.thericestuffpodcast.com
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