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  1. Texas: Randall County Crops Tour, Canyon, Aug. 30

    August 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Louisiana: Sweet Potato Field Day, Chase, Aug. 31

    August 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. California: Rice Field Day, Biggs, Aug. 31

    August 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  4. Georgia: Cotton/Peanut Research Field Day, Tifton, Sept. 7

    September 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Tennessee: Cotton Tour Field Day, Jackson, Sept. 7

    September 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  6. Georgia Peanut Tour, Tifton, Sept. 13-15

    September 13 @ 8:00 am - September 15 @ 5:00 pm
  7. West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual Conference, Lubbock, Sept. 13

    September 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  8. Tennessee: Soybean Disease Field Day, Milan, Sept. 13

    September 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  9. California: Rice Weed Course, Biggs, Sept. 16

    September 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  10. Michigan: Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day, Edwardsburg, Sept. 16

    September 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  11. Missouri: Farm Lease Program, Sept. 20

    September 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  12. California Almond Conference, Sacramento, Dec. 6-8

    December 6 @ 8:00 am - December 8 @ 5:00 pm

Louisiana Rice Farmers Rally at Capitol in Support of Rice Checkoff Programs

Ernst Undesser
By Randy Jemison, USA Rice Federation April 25, 2012

A hearing before the Louisiana Senate Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee yesterday drew rice farmers from across the state.  Most were there to oppose Senate Bill 656, legislation that would have changed major provisions of the research and promotion statutes.

“The equal-assessment checkoff referendums were voted on statewide on January 17, 2012, and supported overwhelmingly by an 85 percent margin for research and a 75 percent margin for promotion.  Any attempt to reverse the will of this vast majority through legislation should not be allowed,” Louisiana Rice Growers Association President John Owen said in his remarks to the committee.

After hearing testimony, the committee voted and the bill did not pass.

 
Ernst Undesser
By Randy Jemison, USA Rice Federation April 25, 2012