Industry News for December 2022

CY PLC long grain/medium grain rice payment rates in 2021

Dr. Michael A. Deliberto, LSU AgCenter Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, says USDA has released the 2021 national marketing year (MYA) average prices for long and medium grain rice.

The Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program provides price support when the national MYA price of a covered good is below the statutory base price. In the 2021 marketing year, the PLC payment is launched for both rice grades. Payment rates under the PLC program for long-grain and southern medium-grain rice are US$0.40 per ton and US$0.10 per ton, respectively.

PLC program payments ($/acre) are calculated by multiplying the PLC payment rate by the farm program yield for each covered commodity.

PLC program payments are made on 85% of the farm’s base acres for the covered commodity. Payments under the agricultural program depend on payment limits and budget sequestration reductions.

Mississippi Rice Specialist

Hunter Bowman has been named rice specialist for the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

The Arkansas native joined MSU Extension in January 2022 as a faculty member and was promoted to associate professor before starting his new position on July 1. Bowman holds two degrees from the University of Arkansas and recently received a PhD from MSU in the Department of Plant and Soil Science.

Hunter Bowman, MSU Rice Extension Specialist

While completing his doctoral work, Bowman was a graduate student at MSU. He also has experience in crop consulting, field management, seed testing and sales for agricultural suppliers such as Corteva Agriscience and Pinnacle Agriculture.

Bowman is based at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville.

“The rice industry is very important to the Mississippi Delta region. Having a young, energetic extension professional like Dr. Bowman will be an asset to the industry and to the expansion efforts in the region,” said Jeff Gore, interim director of the Center for Research and Development.

The new Arkansas FireSMART Prescribed Burning App

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Arkansas Department of Energy and Environment announce the launch of the Arkansas FireSMART mobile app. Created with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, this app offers arable growers and forest owners an easy way to check conditions and report prescribed burns.

With the new app, growers can select an area on a map that they plan to burn, and the app will generate real-time weather data, telling growers if current conditions meet the state’s Voluntary Smoke Control Guidelines.

Under the voluntary smoke control guidelines, growers and landowners report prescribed burns to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture dispatch center. The FireSMART app also simplifies this process by making the app all-in-one for reporting and information.

In fall cropping, prescribed fire is used as part of harvest plans to remove stubble. Recommended burning is an effective and economical method of control in order to prepare fields for the next growing season and destroy pests and diseases. Burning crop residues also allows no-till or reduced-till plants to be planted the following growing season.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits to forest landowners, including vegetation control, ecosystem restoration, and improved wildlife habitat. In addition, prescribed fire makes the landscape more resilient to wildfires by removing flammable debris and vegetation.

Access the new FireSMART app at Read more about prescribed fire and its benefits at to burn Find the Guide to Voluntary Smoke Control at

US Rice Agricultural Advisory Committee/CFTC

USA Rice announces that Jason Wheeler, grain merchandising specialist at White Commercial and former chair of the US Rice Futures Task Force, has been appointed to represent USA Rice on the Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC ).

Established in 1985, the AAC advises the Commission on issues related to agricultural futures and options trading and facilitates communication between the CFTC, the agricultural community, and agriculture-related organizations.

In this role, Wheeler will represent the views and interests of the US Rice to the Commission for two years. Wheeler takes on the role after a decade at AAC with Louisiana rice grower John Owen.

“I want to congratulate Jason on his appointment and look forward to him representing the interests of the US rice industry on the CFTC’s Agricultural Advisory Committee,” said John Morgan, chairman of the US Rice Futures Working Group. “I also want to thank John Owen for his service on this important committee over the past decade.” Industry News for December 2022

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