US Rice Would Benefit From New Cuba Policy

John DavisAg Group, International, Rice

The announcement that the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba is seen as good for American agriculture, with rice producers perhaps seeing the biggest boost. The USA Rice Federation welcomed the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the countries and sees the new approach to banking to being the key. “The changes to banking are very important because they will significantly … Read More

Researchers Look to Develop Sturdier Rice

John DavisRice, USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers are looking at genetic traits in weedy rice to develop a variety of the grain that flourishes in the face of climate change. This article from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service says the work hopes to develop sturdy, high-yield varieties of cultivated rice. [Lewis] Ziska, who is with ARS’s Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory … Read More

Study Finds High Value of Rice Agriculture for Wildlife

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, Rice

There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion. “I’ve … Read More

FMC’s Solutions for Southern Rice Growers

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Audio, FMC, Herbicides, Rice

Don Johnson is FMC’s Tech Service Sales Manager for the Southern Region. Chuck met up with him during the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis last week and talked about what FMC has available for rice farmers. Don also reminded attendees as they walked through their booth that FMC has a wide product portfolio that includes something for all … Read More