Rice farmers at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day on June 27 will hear about research being conducted to help them grow a better crop.
“This is an opportunity for our faculty members to tell rice producers about their work,” said Don Groth, resident coordinator at the station. “Since the station’s beginning in 1909, the station has played a vital role in assisting farmers.”
Field tours will start at 7:15 a.m., with the last one at 9 a.m. Presentations will be made about controlling weeds, diseases and insects; breeding; and emerging technologies in rice production.
A poster session will be held from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m., and presentations will begin at 10:45 a.m.
Speakers will include Anne Isdal, regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will talk about EPA priorities; Frank Leach, manager of government affairs for USA Rice, who will give an update on the farm bill; and Jackie Loewer, Louisiana Rice Research Board chairman, who will provide details about board activities.
Other speakers will include Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter vice president for agriculture, and Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice president for plants, soil, water and animal science.