LSU AgCenter Rice Field Day Set For June 28 In Crowley

   The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station will hold its annual field day June 28 for scientists to explain their work being done to benefit farmers.
   “We encourage anyone connected to the rice industry to attend the field day to hear about the research being conducted by the station’s scientists, research associates and technicians,” said station director Steve Linscombe. “The work is being done to keep our rice farmers competitive with growers worldwide.”
   The field tours start at 7:15 a.m., with the last tour starting no later than 9 a.m. Presenters will give talks on weed control, rice breeding, hybrid development with a drone demonstration, agronomy, pathology and entomology.
   The field tours will be followed by a poster session until 10:30 a.m.
   The indoor program begins at 10:45 a.m. with comments by Jackie Loewer, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board; Betsy Ward, chief executive officer of USA Rice; and Michael Deliberto, LSU AgCenter economist, who will give an update on the rice market.
   Jennifer James will talk about sustainability in U.S. rice production. James, a rice farmer from Arkansas, chairs the USA Rice Sustainability Committee.
   Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, and Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice president, will also make remarks. A sponsored lunch will follow.
   The Louisiana Rice Research Board and the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board will meet separately in the Rice Research Station main office building immediately after lunch. ∆
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