Sustainability Webinar Series

The Rice Foundation, through a grant with NRCS, developed a four-part webinar series on U.S. rice industry sustainability.  The webinars are an extension of the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report and are available to the public for free. 

Participation in live and recorded webinars allow certified crop advisors and professional agronomists to earn CEUs through the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).  Please see information about available credits listed under each webinar below. 

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U.S. Rice: Sustaining Communities and Looking to the Future 

Originally Aired: 4/9/2020

CEUs Available Through ASA:
  • 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. 
Speakers:
  • 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
green rice field with blue sky

Seeking Net Neutral: Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Rice Industry

Originally Aired: 2/18/2020

CEUs Available Through ASA:
  • CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Sustainability
  • CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.0 Professional Meetings
Multiple efficiencies, from more fuel-efficient farm equipment to on-farm advances that require fewer passes on or above the field, have helped U.S. rice farmers make great strides in reducing energy use. At the mill, production facility efficiencies and renewable energy are becoming increasingly common, with enterprising millers working to convert waste — rice hulls — into energy. Across the industry, integrating solar technology is reducing energy costs with a vision to become energy neutral. 
Speakers:
  • Fred Zaunbrecher, Rice Farmer
  • Chris Crutchfield, President and CEO/Partner, American Commodity Co., LLC
  • Carl Kiser, Plant Manager, Agrilectric Power Partners and Agrilectric Research Co.
  • AJ Hood, Rice Farmer
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Water Use in Rice: The Efficiency Win-Win

Originally Aired: 12/3/2019 
CEUs Available Through ASA:
  • CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Soil & Water Management
  • CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.0 Professional Meetings (PM)
Rice is a water-dependent crop, however, looks can be deceiving. Flooded rice fields can often appear to be “small lakes,” when the water is just a few inches deep and serving multiple purposes – like preventing soil erosion, creating wildlife habitat, and naturally controlling weeds. U.S. rice farmers use a variety of practices to improve efficiency and reduce overall water use, but not every technique will work on every field. There are many variables that come into play, but with a commitment to research and continuous improvement, rice farmers continue to innovate to use water efficiently and save some money along the way. In this webinar you’ll hear from farmers and rice irrigation specialists on practices like Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation (MIRI), Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD), furrow irrigated rice (row rice), water recycling systems, and new technology that’s making rice irrigation more efficient and easier to manage.
Speakers:
  • Dr. Michele Reba, Research Hydrologist, Lead Scientist, Delta Water Management Research Unit, USDA-ARS
  • Scott Matthews, Rice Farmer
  • Christian Richard, Rice Farmer
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U.S. Rice: The Sustainability Powerhouse

Originally Aired: 10/16/2019 
CEUs Available Through ASA:
  • CCA/CPAg: 1.0 Sustainability
  • CPSS/CPSC/CST: 1.0 Professional Meetings
The U.S. rice industry’s commitment to sustainability dates back generations, long before the word “sustainability” became a popular, if difficult to define, term. The Rice Foundation commissioned the U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report to collect in one place the outstanding accomplishments of the past 36 years across key markers: land use and soil conservation, water use and quality, energy use and air quality, and biodiversity. As impressive as rice conservation practices are regarding water, soil, and air, they also provide millions of acres of life-sustaining resources for migrating water birds along with countless other animals that call the fields their home. In this webinar, you’ll hear from U.S. rice farmers on why preserving resources and providing habitat is important to them, and why end users are making investments around the implementation of more sustainable practices.
Speakers:
  • Jennifer James, Rice Farmer & Chair USA Rice Sustainability Committee
  • Bill Jones, Rice Agronomy Manager, Anheuser-Busch
  • Paul Buttner, Manager of Environmental Affairs, California Rice Commission
  • George Dunklin, Owner/Manager, Five Oaks Lodge & Past President Ducks Unlimited
Ducks flying in a rice field