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Jun 20, 2013 5:42 PM

Rice Research Station opens to community for field day

CROWLEY | The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day on June 26 will feature the latest in research tailored at helping Louisiana rice farmers.

"Our program features a well-rounded slate of presentations, including entomology, variety and hybrid development, disease and weed control and agronomy," said Dr. Steve Linscombe, director of the Rice Research Station. "We also will have visiting professors from Mississippi and Arkansas."

Linscombe said the field day typically draws rice industry leaders from the U.S. and abroad.

"The day gives us a chance to showcase our research and give a progress report to growers whose check-off dollars help fund much of our work," Linscombe said.

The day begins with field tours starting at 7:15 a.m. and continuing until 9 a.m.

Speakers on the field tour include Linscombe, LSU AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter pathologists Don Groth and Jong Ham, LSU AgCenter entomologist Mike Stout, University of Arkansas agronomist Jarrod Hardke, LSU AgCenter geneticist Jim Oard, University of Arkansas rice breeder Greg Berger, LSU AgCenter agronomist Dustin Harrell and Mississippi State University agronomist Tim Walker.

A poster session showing additional research projects and rice related activities will be held 7:30-10:30 a.m.

The speaker program starting at 10:45 a.m. will feature Jackie Loewer, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board; LSU AgCenter economist Michael Salassi giving the latest information on the farm bill debate; Michael Creed of the Creed Rice Co. from Houston with an update on rice economics; and Herman Wenzler from Kellogg's with a report on the Kellogg's Master Rice Grower Program. The final speakers are Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson, and Rogers Leonard, associate vice chancellor. Lunch will be provided after the program.

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