‘We have to tell our story’ say sustainable rice panel members

Arkansas rice farmers wrap up panel discussion on potential role of carbon credits in sustainable rice production.

The world has changed for American farmers. Rather than just growing, harvesting and selling their crops the way they’ve always done, they now have to be proactive and open to new concepts such as carbon credits.

That was the message producers Mark Isbell, Jim Whitaker and Mike Sullivan gave moderator Harrison Pittman when he asked them to tie such innovative new ideas as carbon credits into the next farm bill.

Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas, was the moderator of a panel on carbon credits at the annual meeting of the Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Federation in Stuttgart. Isbell, Whitaker and Sullivan are all participating in an effort to make carbon credits a viable option in rice.

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