Originally Aired: 4/9/2020
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- CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Sustainability
- CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.0 Professional Meetings
The U.S. rice industry has seen improvements in six key performance indicators in the 36 years from 1980 to 2015 and the is working to continue improvements in: land use efficiency, soil loss, water use, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and biodiversity. Going forward, technological advances, such as the automation of water control structures along with remote sensing technology and variable rate technology for fertilizer and spray, provide a promising future for enhanced sustainability practices. Hear about the industry’s 2030 goals of continuous improvement and what rice extension specialists think will help farmers and millers achieve them.
As we look to the future, many small towns in U.S. rice growing regions, now more than ever rely on the rice industry to thrive. The rice industry is truly the economic engine of these towns, providing jobs, building the community, and sustaining the local economy. Hear about the commitment of the industry to these areas how businesses and farms in these small rural towns make all the difference.
- Carl Brothers, Retired, Riceland Foods
- Jarrod Hardke, Extension Rice Specialist, University of Arkansas
- Bobby Golden, Extension Rice Specialist, Mississippi State University
- Dustin Harrell, Extension Rice Specialist, Louisiana State University