Archive for January, 2012

I received this press release from Barrett Courville today. I would like to express a personal thank you to Louisiana rice farmers for supporting the LSU AgCenter rice entomology research and extension programs through annual grants funded by the Louisiana rice research board. This support is critical to research advances and extending information to growers through demonstration programs, meetings and information delivery over the computer. Without your support we truly could not conduct programs to support the Louisiana rice industry.

Beginning of press release:

Louisiana rice farmers overwhelmingly agreed to continue paying a nickel for every 100 pounds of rice for research and 3 cents per hundred pounds for promotion for the next five years.

The vote was held Jan. 17, and the final tally was made official Monday (Jan. 23) when the results were announced.

The totals showed 357 producers voting for the research check-off and 65 voting against, or 85 percent in favor of the measure and 15 percent against.

The promotion referendum was approved 321 to 107, or 75 percent for and 25 percent opposed.

Jackie Loewer, a rice farmer from Branch, La., and chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, said the vote shows that an overwhelming majority of farmers approve of check-off funding.

Volunteer farmers serve on the promotion and research boards, and they decide how the money is to be spent.

“As farmers, everyone on both boards knows how difficult farming has become, and we will continue to carefully weigh how each dollar is spent,” Loewer said.

The bulk of the funds for research is earmarked for work at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station.

“I can assure farmers that they are getting their money’s worth,” said Steve Linscombe, Rice Research Station director. “A continuation of these check-off funds means that research can continue to develop new varieties and to improve rice farming practices.”

The funds for promoting rice are crucial, said Kevin Berken, of Lake Arthur, La., who is chairman of the promotion board.

“If we can’t sell a crop, then it doesn’t matter how successful farmers are at growing rice,” Berken said. “Approval of these funds means we can carry on with the very successful domestic and international promotion activities that these funds support.”

“Bottom line is, without research we couldn’t grow it, and without promotion, we can’t sell it,” Loewer said.


Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu


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I received this meeting notice from County Agent Barrett Courville today. I hope you can come out to the meeting.  I was recently selected to participate in the USA Rice Leadership Development Program. I’ll be attending the dinner in Crowley after I give a sugarcane presentation in Breaux Bridge.


Contacts: Randy Jemison, (337) 738-7009, rjemison@usarice.com

Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd, (703) 236-1458, sfitzgerald-redd@usarice.com

Louisiana Rice Industry Annual Meeting Set for Jan. 25

CROWLEY, LA — The Louisiana Rice Council (LARC) and Louisiana Rice Growers Association (LARGA) will hold their joint annual membership meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the International Rice Festival Building.

The featured speaker will be State Senator Jonathan Perry, “The Cajun Ambassador,™” who will deliver his special brand of Cajun humor to attendees.

LARC President Clarence Berken and LARGA President Christian Richard will provide updates on their organization’s activities. USA Rice Federation President and CEO Betsy Ward will report on the Federation’s activities and promotional achievements and USA Rice VP Government Affairs Reece Langley will review the outlook for the next farm bill.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain will discuss environmental issues facing Louisiana agriculture and provide an update on efforts to address saltwater intrusion in the Mermentau and Calcasieu River basins.

“This meeting provides an annual report to rice farmers on programs funded by the Louisiana rice promotion checkoff as well as timely information on other important issues,” said Richard, a rice farmer from Vermilion Parish. “I encourage all rice industry stakeholders to attend.”

The meeting will be held at the International Rice Festival Building, 717 West Mill Street, Crowley, LA. The event will begin with a coffee and cookies reception at 5 p.m., followed by the business session, industry reports, dinner and the featured speaker. The program should conclude at 7:45 p.m.

Media are invited to attend. For more details please contact the USA Rice Federation.

USA Rice Federation is the global advocate for all segments of the U.S. rice industry with a mission to promote and protect the interests of producers, millers, merchants and allied businesses.

Randy Jemison

USA Rice Federation

Director, Louisiana Field Services

27460 Greenwood Dr.

Kinder, LA 70648

Ph: 337-738-7009

Fax: 337-738-5884

Cell: 33-515-7250



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Dr. Mo Way (Texas A&M/AgriLife Entomologist) and I have been asked to give a 30 minute presentation/discussion on rice insect pest management at the Rice Technical Working Group (RTWG) meeting in Hot Springs, AR on Monday Feb 27 from 1-5pm (other topics will be covered by other researchers). Please respond to this poll to let us know which topic(s) are of most interest to you. Thanks!

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We are two days into the winter meeting season, and so far the crowds have been good. Don’t forget to attend one of our meetings to get the latest research updates from LSU AgCenter scientists. In the meantime, I thought you might like to look over the 2011 annual report for this blog. Thanks to all of you for reading this blog and sharing the knowledge with others! Credit is especially due to the great folks at AgFax who were the #1 referrers of our site. Here’s to an even better year in 2012!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Happy New Year! I hope your 2012 is off to a good start! Tomorrow we will kick off the winter meeting season with the first rice and soybean meeting in Welsh, Louisiana. In the meantime, I would like to make you aware of a recent position announcement at the LSU AgCenter. If you are looking for a position of this type, I encourage you to apply. Send me an email if you have any questions. Please note that the position closes on January 6, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified. You can access the job posting at this link:

WORK LOCATION: W.A. Callegari Environmental Center, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will be responsible for coordinating statewide Pesticide Safety Education within the LSU AgCenter’s Cooperative Extension Service. This will include developing, organizing and coordinating training (though parish and regional extension agents) that will lead to agricultural producers receiving training to achieve or maintain certification as Private Pesticide Applicators. Certification from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is required in order to use or supervise the use of Restricted Use Pesticides on private land or land rented to produce an agricultural commodity. Pesticide applicators who apply any pesticide for a fee must also be certified by LDAF as Commercial Pesticide Applicators or work under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Educational training that leads to certification is conducted by the LSU AgCenter’s Extension Service through leadership provided by the person in this position.
This position conducts the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training Program (CAPSE) and gives oversight, guidance and assistance to the Private Pesticide Applicator Training Program (PPSE), working cooperatively with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (LDAF). Approximately 13 other LSU AgCenter Extension Service specialists participate in the CAPSE Program as their specialty dictates. The PPSE Program is conducted on the parish level; therefore, the County Agents are vital in coordination and in conducting this program.
This position also chairs the AgCenter’s Special Local Needs Committee which makes recommendations to the LDAF concerning the granting of state labels for pesticide use. This position also keeps the AgCenter employees updated as to pesticide rules and regulations and is available to respond to AgCenter employees’ questions about various pesticides and their uses. The person in this position is also responsible for responding to public concerns about pesticides and their use as well as responding to the agricultural community. There is also a public education/outreach dimension, that is, to conduct an educational program for the general public, Master Gardeners via publications, fact sheets and speaking to service/civic clubs, as needed. Additionally, coordination and support for agent training, Master Farmer certification training and environmental stewardship as it pertains to pesticide application, best management practices (BMPs) and environmental stewardship will be expected.
This position must be able to work cooperatively with the Pesticide Safety Educators in other states, especially those in EPA Region VI. Also this position must work cooperatively with the Environmental Protection Agency both Region VI and Headquarters as well as with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in an agricultural related field and at least five (5) years experience in state and federal pesticide certification policy, management and/or training. Master’s degree preferred.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 6, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/ by attaching cover letter, resume, transcripts and two letters of recommendation. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted.) For more information, please see contact below. In lieu of attaching the letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Bill Carney, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Head
W.A. Callegari Environmental Center
Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 25100
Baton Rouge, LA 70894-5100
Phone: 225-578-6998
Lab: 225-765-5155
Fax: 225-578-7765
Email: bcarney@agcenter.lsu.edu
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com/callegari/
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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