Help Us Honor Rice Industry Leaders

May 31, 2017
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OLIVE BRANCH, MS -- Do you know a rice producer who not only is good in the field but devotes countless hours to industry issues?  Or maybe it's a rice industry representative, such as a university researcher or county agent, who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Would you like to recognize someone who has devoted his or her life to bettering the rice industry?  You can do so through the 2017 Rice Awards program, sponsored by Rice Farming magazine along with Horizon Ag and USA Rice.

Winners will be recognized during the luncheon awards ceremony at the Rice Outlook Conference, December 10-12, in San Antonio, Texas.  They also will be featured in a special section of the December issue of Rice Farming magazine.

Rice Farmer of the Year:  Must farm at least 200 acres of rice and be active in the rice industry.  Richard Fontenot of Ville Platte, Louisiana, was the 2016 Rice Farmer of the Year.

Rice Industry Award:  A researcher, Extension employee, government/association leader, etc... who has demonstrated commitment to the rice industry through innovative practices, industry association, community involvement/development.  Last year's recipient was Dr. Steve Linscombe, a rice breeder and Southwest Center director with the LSU AgCenter.

Rice Lifetime Achievement Award:  An industry leader who has provided great contributions that have advanced the rice industry.  Last year, Gary Sebree, a rice grower near Stuttgart, Arkansas, was recognized for his decades of industry leadership.

Download the entry form by clicking hereDeadline to submit entries is June 15.  Award winners will be contacted later this summer.