Archive for the ‘Meeting Announcements’ Category

The Rice Technical Working Group meeting will be held in Hot Springs, Arkansas next week. This meeting happens every two years and is a unique opportunity to meet with rice research and extension faculty from across the world. LSU AgCenter Research and Extension Faculty will present more than a dozen talks at the conference. There will be about 10 talks from the rice entomology program alone. Also, Dr. Mo Way and I will give a presentation in the Ag Consultants training on Monday afternoon.

You can find the meeting details and program here: http://rtwg.aristotle.net/

Following, I have posted the program for the Certified Crop Advisor Training which will be held on Monday, February 27, 2012.

Certified Crop Advisor Training Session at 34th Annual Rice Technical Working Group

When: Monday February 27th from 1-5 pm

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, Hot Springs, AR

Contact: Trent Roberts 479-575-6752 tlrobert@uark.edu

Registration: $125.00 onsite for CCA training only beginning at 11:00 am

Program Agenda

1:00 Arkansas Discovery Farm

Dr. Mike Daniels, University of Arkansas

1:30 Life on the Edge: Nutrient Management Using Drainage Ditches

Dr. Robbie Kroger, Mississippi State University

2:00 Multi-pest Management in Southern Rice and Introduction to the RiceScout Mobile App

Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter

Dr. MO Way, Texas Agrilife Research and Extension

2:30 Current Rice Fertility Research and Trends

Dr. Dustin Harrell, Louisiana State University Dr. Tim Walker, Mississippi State University

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20 Fertilizer Management Options to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rice Systems

Dr. Bruce Linquist, University of California Davis

3:50 Rice Bacterial Panicle Blight and its Potential Management- Panel Discussion

Dr. Jong Ham, Louisiana State University

Dr. Yeshi Wamishe, University of Arkansas

Dr. Don Groth, Louisiana State University

Dr. Xin-gen (Shane) Zhou, Texas Agrilife Research and Extension

4:30 Potential for Future Significant Gains in Rice Productivity

Dr. Steve Linscombe, Louisiana State University

Approved CEU Credits

Soil and Water Management 1.5, Pest Management 1.0, Nutrient Management 1.0, Crop Management 0.5: Total Credit 4.0

Read Full Post »

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



Read Full Post »

Today I received this information from Keith A. Fontenot, County Agent, Evangeline Parish. I am not on the program to speak at this meeting, but I will be there to distribute our annual rice entomology survey and to answer any questions you might have about pest management in your rice crop.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012– Registration at 7:30 a.m.

Ville Platte Civic Center

Two of Evangeline & St. Landry Parish’s most economically important crops will be discussed at length at the 52nd Annual Rice Production School and 45th Annual Soybean Production School.  These production schools will be held together on Wednesday, January 4 with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ville Platte Civic Center.

Topics to be discussed by specialists and researchers with the LSU Agricultural Center will center on updated production practices concerning both crops.

Recertification is also offered on this day to all producers or homeowners needing recertification of their Private Pesticide Applicators Card.   If you register, pay the $25.00 fee and attend the entire meeting, you will be recertified as a private pesticide applicator for another 3 year period.

These private applicator re-certification meetings will also be offered in February.  At the meetings in February you will only be required to stay 1 ½ hours to be re-certified.

The program agenda and speakers are as follows:

7:30-8:00         Registration, Coffee & Donuts

Register for Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification

($25.00 fee & attend entire meeting)

8:00-8:05         Welcome & Introductions – Jeffery Sylvester, President, Evangeline Rice Growers Association

8:05-8:25         Rice Varieties, Breeding Program Update – Dr. Steve Linscombe, Southwest Regional Director, Rice Breeder

8:25-8:50         Effects of High Temperatures on Rice – Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter

8:50-9:15         SPCC Regulations – Dr. Ernest Girouard, Coordinator, La. Master  Farmer Program, LSU AgCenter

9:15-9:35         Rice Weed Management – Dr. Eric Webster, Weed Scientist, Agronomy Dept, LSU

9:35-9:45         BREAK

9:45-10:05       Nitrogen soil Testing, N-Star Program Testing – Dr. Dustin Harrell, Agronomist, Rice Research Station

10:05- 10:25    Rice Disease Management & Fungicide Usage – Dr. Don Groth, Pathologist, Rice Research Station, LSU AgCenter

10:25-10:45     Rice Market Situation & Outlook – Dr. Mike Salassi, Professor, Ag Economics, LSU AgCenter

10:45–10:55    BREAK

10:55-11:20     Soybean Varieties & Management Practices – Dr. Ronnie Levy, Soybean Specialist, LSU AgCenter

11:20-11:45     Soybean & Grain Sorghum Market Situation & Outlook – Dr. Kurt Guidry, Associate Professor, Ag Economics, LSU AgCenter

11:45-12:15     Worker Protection Standard for Farmers Drift Minimalization & Pesticide Re-Certification Training – Keith A Fontenot,                  County Agent, Evangeline Parish

12:15               Sign Re-Certification forms – Department of Agriculture Personnel

(must have attended entire meeting)

12:15   Lunch –  Courtesy of Ag Businesses & Suppliers listed on program

The Annual Rice and Soybean Schools are sponsored by the following agricultural supporting businesses and industries:

Acadiana Risk Management

Agriliance/Retail Ag Solutions



Basile State Bank

Bayer Crop Science

Central Farmers Co-op

Citizens Bank

Crop Production Services

Delta Grow Seed Co.

Dupont Crop Protection

Evangeline  Rice Growers Assn

Evangeline Bank & Trust

Evangeline Farm Bureau

Evangeline Farmers Co-op

First South Farm Credit ACA

G &  H Seed Co.

Gowan Company

Guaranty Bank of Mamou

Hancock Bank

Mamou Rice Drier

Manuel Hardware Inc.

Monsanto Seeds

Ortego Services Inc.


Progressive Tractor

Quality Equipment – Eunice


Soileau Industries Inc.


Terral Seed

Tri-Parish Bank of Eunice

Valent USA

Ville Platte Rice Drier

The LSU AgCenter prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disabilities, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.  Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information or other assistance, should contact the Evangeline Parish Office of the LSU AgCenter at (337) 363-5646.

Read Full Post »

The Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter Rice Production Clinic will be held on January 11, 2012 at the Masonic Lodge in Bunkie, LA. Here is the agenda for the clinic. Please contact county agent Rob Ferguson for more information: referguson@agcenter.lsu.edu

8:30                Welcome

8:40                Rice Variety and Breeding Update, Dr. Steve Linscombe, Rice Research Station

9:05                Rice Fertility and Management Tips, Dr. Dustin Harrell, Rice Research Station

9:30                Rice Disease control update, Dr. Don Groth, Rice Research Station

9:55                Rice Insect control update, Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

10:20             Break

10:35             Rice Production and weed control, Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist

11:25               Rice Situation and Outlook, Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter Department of Ag Economics

11:50              Worker Protection Standard and Pesticide Drift MANAGEMENT, Rob Ferguson, LSU AgCenter

12:20              CENLA Rice Growers Association, Randy Jemison, USA Rice Federation

12:35p.m.     Lunch

It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.

If you have a disability that requires special assistance or accommodation for your participation in the program, please contact Rob Ferguson, LSU AgCenter, at 318-964-2245 by January 9, 2012.


Read Full Post »

The Louisiana Rice Forum will be held at the Rayville Civic Center on Thursday, January 26, 2011. The preliminary agenda follows. For more information please contact county agent Keith Collins: kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

8:30-9:00am  – Registration

9:30 – Steve Linscombe – Rice varieties/breeding program update

9:50 – Dustin Harrell – Rice Fertility/N-Star update

10:10 – Natalie Hummel – Rice Insects/Insecticides

10:30 – Johnny Saichuk  – Rice Production Issues

10:50 – Break

11:20 – Betsy Ward, USA Rice Federation, CEO, Federation Activities

11:40 – Reece Langley, USA Rice, Farm Bill update

12:00 – Lunch

Read Full Post »

The Acadia Parish rice and soybean producers meeting will be held at the LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish office at 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley, LA 70526 on January 5, 2012. The program for the meeting follows. For more information please contact County Agent Barrett Courville: bcourville@agcenter.lsu.edu

7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Coffee

8:00 – 8:30  Acadia Rice Growers annual business meeting – Mr. Jerry Leonards

8:30 – 8:45 Rice Production Update – Dr. Johnny Saichuk

8:45 – 9:00 Rice Variety Development – Dr. Steve Linscombe

9:00 – 9:15 Rice Weed Management – Dr. Eric Webster

9:15 – 9:30 Rice Disease Update  – Dr. Don Groth

9:30 – 9:45 Rice Fertilization – Dr. Dustin Harrell

9:45 – 10:00 Rice Insect Update – Dr. Natalie Hummel

10:00 – 10:15 Break Coffee and Donuts

10;15 – 10:30 Market Update – Dr. Kurt Guidry

10:30 – 10:45 LARPC and Rice Referendum

10;45 – 11:00 SPCC Update – Mr. Russ Green

11:00 – 11:15 Soybean Variety and management practices – Dr. Ron Levy

11:15 – 11:30 Soybean Insect Update – Dr. Jeff Davis

11:30 – 12:00 WPS and Private Pesticide Recertification – Barrett Courville and Allen Hogan

12:00 Lunch (Courtesy of Sponsors)

Read Full Post »

Wow – 2012, yes, it’s right around the corner. I’ll bet you are asking the same question as me – where did 2011 go???

The rice winter meeting dates are now being announced. In this post I list all the dates I have received so far and over the next week I’ll send you more details on the specific programs. I will be speaking at all of these meetings – the topic will vary depending on the parish and the problems we observed last season. Please feel free to email me or your local county agent for more information on the meetings.

Meeting season will kick off with the Southwest Louisiana Rice and Soybean Forum in Welsh, LA on Jan 3, 2012. The Evangeline Parish rice and soybean meeting will be held the morning of Jan 4, 2012 in Ville Platte, LA. The next meeting will be the Acadia Parish Rice and Soybean school at the LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish office in Crowley. The week will wrap up with the Vermilion Rice School in Kaplan, LA on Jan 6, 2012. The Avoyelles Parish Rice meeting is scheduled for Jan 11, 2012 in Bunkie, LA. The final meeting I have on my calendar is the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum in Rayville, LA on Jan. 26, 2012. On the evening prior to this meeting, the Louisiana rice growers association will hold their annual meeting in Crowley on Jan. 25, 2012. We will have the pleasure of receiving updates from USA Rice representatives.

For more information on the meetings I listed, please contact the following county agents:

Southwest Rice and Acadia Parish – Barrett Courville: bcourville@agcenter.lsu.edu

Evangeline Parish – Keith Fontenot: kfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu

Vermilion Parish – Stuart Gauthier: sgauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu

Avoyelles Parish – Rob Ferguson: referguson@agcenter.lsu.edu

Northeast Louisiana – Keith Collins: kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

I hope to see you at one (or more) of the meetings this winter.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »