• Crawfish on Capitol Hill, All the Way from Louisiana

    May 21, 2018
    Crawfish lovers gathered at the Capitol Hill Club last Wednesday night to savor authentic Louisiana cuisine at “Crawfish on Capitol Hill,” an annual event that promotes Louisiana-style camaraderie and food culture in D.C. The evening of Cajun food, music, and good company was sponsored by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association and USA Rice, and organized by Glen Johnston, managing partner of Presidio Strategic Partners, to honor Roger F. Villere, the longest-serving chairman of the Louisiana state Republican party.
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  • LSU AgCenter Field Day Calendar

    May 09, 2018
    The Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter will hold a series of field days to help rice farmers learn about the latest recommended practices to improve their crop production. Experts will make presentations on variety development, fertility, growing soybeans, and controlling problems of diseases, insects, and weeds.
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  • Louisiana Planting Report: Deciding Weather It’s Spring or Not

    Apr 27, 2018
    Most of the rice in southwest Louisiana went into the ground during a two-week interval when we had warmer weather and dry soil. When most of that rice emerged in mid-March, the weather conditions became cool and slowed crop development down considerably.
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  • Focus on the Farmer Series Continues

    Apr 02, 2018
    USA Rice is producing a monthly Facebook feature to bring attention to the folks who help put U.S.-grown rice on America’s plates - and to let them tell the real story of food production in their own words. Last month we got to know Arkansas rice farmer Ryan Sullivan and this month our “Focus on the Farmer” shines the spotlight on Louisiana rice farmer Paul Johnson.
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  • USDA Estimates Rice Acreage Up 9 Percent, Less than Expected

    Mar 29, 2018
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service's Prospective Plantings report released today, acreage will be higher, but not by very much.
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  • Louisiana Rice & Crawfish Farm Honored for Stewardship Practices

    Mar 05, 2018
    What happens when you mix California sunshine, Mickey Mouse, rice, crawfish, and the nation’s largest farmer-led convention and trade show? You get the Durand family operation from St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, being recognized for their nutrient stewardship at the 2018 Commodity Classic.
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  • Three Rice States in Three Days – Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana

    Feb 22, 2018
    As the 2018 planting season approaches, rice state meetings are in full swing and USA Rice is on the road listening to growers and sharing planned activities and success stories. The jam-packed schedule included stops on Monday at the Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers annual meeting, Tuesday at the Mississippi Rice Council annual meeting and Mississippi Rice Research and Promotion Board meeting, and yesterday at the Central Louisiana Rice Growers meeting and the Louisiana Rice Council and Rice Growers Association annual joint meeting.
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  • USA Rice Talks Crop Insurance for Organic Rice Farmers, Trade, Conservation, and More at Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum

    Feb 12, 2018
    Rayville rice producer and Vice President of the NELA Rice Growers Association Scott Franklin kicked off the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum here last week by thanking the crowd for coming out to hear research reports from LSU AgCenter personnel and an industry update from USA Rice’s Michael Klein, vice president of communications and domestic promotion.
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  • Louisiana Making a Mark in the Marketplace

    Feb 06, 2018
    Last week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain announced a renewed marketing initiative designed to promote Louisiana agriculture products. The “Certified Louisiana” program features updated logos and product marks for use on products made, grown, manufactured, processed, produced, or substantially transformed in the state.
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  • Head to the Rice Aisle at the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo

    Jan 24, 2018
    This past weekend, the Louisiana Rice Council, along with USA Rice and the North East Louisiana Rice Growers Association (NELA) attended the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo here. Held each year at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, this event welcomes several thousand visitors to experience all things agriculture, including the Ag Alley Mini Farm, educational seminars, a junior livestock show, and a trade show.
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