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    Editorial Board

    Chief Editor

    Hamlik

    Managing Editor

    Abdul Sattar Shah

    Rahmat Ullah

    Rozeen Shaukat

    English Editor

    Maryam Editor

    Legal Advisor

    Advocate Zaheer Minhas

    Editorial Associates Admiral (R) Hamid Khalid

    Javed Islam Agha

    Ch.Hamid Malhi

    Dr.Akhtar Hussain

    Dr.Fayyaz Ahmad Siddiqu

    Dr.Abdul Rasheed (UAF)

    Islam Akhtar Khan

    Editorial Advisory Board

    Dr.Malik Mohammad Has

    Assistant Professor, Gomal

    University DIK

    Dr.Hasina GulAssistant Director, Agriculture KPK

    Dr.Hidayat UllahAssistant Professor, Universit

    Swabi

    Dr.Abdul BasirAssistant Professor, Universi

    Swabi

    Zahid Mehmood

    PSO,NIFA Peshawar

    Falak Naz ShahHead Food Science & Techno

    ART, Peshawar

    oday Rice News Headlines...

    3D Modeling Brings Concurrent Benefits to Machinery Builder

    Stop bashing GMOs, say 107 scientists and economists

    Watch out for a fresh low as monsoon eyes Punjab, Haryana, Delhi

    Rice farmers call on govt to ban rice importation

    Rice Prices

    Rice Research Center hosts annual field day

    Rice farmers hope Cuban trade could spur local boost

    NFA supply enough to cover lean months ahead

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    2016 Acreage Preview: Rice Acres on the Rise as Drought Recedes

    Monsoon rains 1 percent above average in past week - IMD

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    from 2015 Stop bashing GMOs, say 107 scientists and economists

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    3D Modeling Brings Concurrent Benefits to Machinery

    BuilderJuly 1, 2016

    Jim Camillo

    Mergers, acquisitions and partnerships are risky endeavors for managers, as well as workers.Sometimes these transactions favor one group over another, or end up being disastrous for bothgroups. Other times, however, the deal turns out great for everyone.

    A good example of the latter is the October 2015 agreement between Mitsubishi Heavy IndustryGroup and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) that gives M&M a one-third ownership share ofMitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery Co. Ltd. (MMAM). Founded in 1980, the companydesigns and manufactures a wide range of agricultural machinery, such as tractors, combine

    harvesters and rice transplanters.

    Before the agreement, the company focused primarily on serving Japan. Today, MMAM has theresources to compete in the global agricultural machinery marketplace. Along with thetechnology and brand power of majority-owner Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Group (one of theworlds leading heavy machinery manufacturers), the company has access to M&Ms extensivesales network in India, China and the United States.

    Equally beneficial is the companys concurrent engineering approach to product development,which was implemented at MMAMs main plant in Matsue, Japan, in 2013. Concurrent

    engineering requires products to be designed and developed simultaneously, rather than

    consecutively, to shorten time to market and cut production costs.

    XVL Studio software has enabled the company to effectively implement this methodology.Made by Lattice Technology Inc., the software turns 3D design data into interactive 3Dmanufacturing data.

    Prior to using XVL Studio, an MMAM engineer would check the part geometry from blue printsand simulate the order of the assembly process based on his experience. He would thenspecifically define the assembly process and develop work instructions.

    With XVL Studio, an engineer directly creates digital mock-ups and technical illustrations of

    parts from 3D data. He then digitally creates the assembly process with these parts, includingverifying the tooling and jigs needed for assembly based on actual part geometry. If a problemarises during the process, he can easily highlight any change to ensure that downstreamdocumentation has the proper updates.

    The software lets MMAM engineers easily attach assembly instructions to part geometry modelsand animations. Instructions can be created in Excel, an interactive Web page or a browser-based

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    Windows application. When an engineer selects a listed part name in Excel-based instructions,the part is automatically highlighted in the accompanying 3D model.

    Plant managers especially like the XVLs small file size, which is typically only 0.5 percent ofthe native CAD model size but still maintains part accuracy. This format allows engineers todesign large assemblies with thousands of parts on standard desktop and laptop PCs, or mobiledevices like the Apple iPad. It also lets users create enhanced models that include animations andannotations.

    Another feature MMAM engineers like is called Snapshot. It lets users save view parameters(orientation, layout and camera angle) of a 3D model or restore the models position with a

    single click.

    Lattice recently released Lattice3D Studio version 13.1, which lets engineers also createelectrical routing representations in 3D of wires, cables, harnesses and connectors. For moreinformation on 3D modeling software, call 415-274-1670 or visitwww.lattice3d.com.

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    Stop bashing GMOs, say 107 scientists and economists

    Nobel prize laureates call on Greenpeace to back off on opposition to Golden Rice and

    GMOs, saying genetic modification holds the key to modern solutions to world hunger and

    malnutrition

    BySimone McCarthy, StaffJune 30, 2016

    One-hundred-and-seven Nobel laureates have stepped together into the decades-old debatesurrounding genetically modified food (GMOs). The laureates, all from the science andeconomic fields, signeda letter releasedthis week that both voices support for GMOs in foodand challenges the opposition of Greenpeace and other groups to GMOs.

    The debate about GMOs, their safety and place in our food and agriculture, has been ongoing onthe world and domestic stages. The implantation and consumption of GMO seeds and foods isstrictly regulatedby agencies such as the European Commission and the United States

    Department of Agriculture.

    Genetic modifications entered into new territory with the 2012 invention and subsequentadvancement ofCRISPR technology,which allows scientists to zero in on specific genes tomodify in an organisms DNA with much more precision than previous gene technology.

    Recommended:What do you know about GMOs? Take the GMO quiz

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    However, this cutting edge technology was not at the heart of the Nobel laureates letteryesterday, nor was it mentioned at all. Instead the scientists focused on Golden Rice, a 1999invention of biologists Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer, who aimed to alleviate Vitamin A

    The rice, it seems, has become a symbol of the beleaguered movement to make impactful

    humanitarian advances in GMOs amid government regulation and anti-GMO activism.

    "We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumersworldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings ofauthoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against'GMOs' in general and Golden Rice in particular," said the letter, signed by laureates across thefields of medicine, chemistry, physics, and economics.

    The statement comes a little over a month after the National Academies of Sciences,Engineering, and Medicine released a report saying that they foundno evidencethat geneticallymodified crops led to widespread health problems or had negative environmental impact.

    The letter, addressed to leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around theworld, calls for the end of both the campaign against "the tools of modern biology" and thegenetically modified Golden Rice.

    Greenpeace responded on Thursday with a statement issued from Manila, saying that "the onlyguaranteed solution to fix malnutrition is a diverse healthy diet" and denying the capabilities ofGolden Rice.

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    "This costly experiment has failed to produce results for the past 20 years and diverted attentionfrom methods that already work," wrote Wilhelmina Pelegrina of Greenpeace Southeast Asia."Rather than invest in this overpriced public relations exercise, we need to address malnutritionthrough a more diverse diet, equitable access to food and eco-agriculture."

    What may be behind the scientists' decision to focus their letter on Golden Rice is the parallelbetween the product, which is still in trials and testing, and the potentially unexplored solutionsin today's labs.

    Richard Roberts, a chief scientific officer at New England Biolabs, who organized the lettercampaign along with geneticist Phillip Sharp, the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in physiologyor medicine, says that he was reacting to reports from fellow scientists that their genetic researchwas being restricted by anti-GMO activism.

    "We're scientists.We understand the logic of science. It's easy to see what Greenpeace is doing isdamaging and is anti-science," he told The Washington Post.

    Golden Rice is a specific example of the hope of the signatories that genetic modification canhelp to alleviate world hunger and malnutrition. The rice, named for its hue, is geneticallyinfused with beta carotene, which the human body turns to Vitamin A. The World HealthOrganization reports that 250 million preschool children worldwide are still affected by VitaminA deficiency, which cancause blindnessand death because of poor immune systemdevelopment.

    But since it was first produced in 1999, Golden Rice, whose research and development is nowbeingfundedby the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has yet to fulfill its goals. Instead, therice remains in field testing in Bangladesh and the Philippines. It "will only be made availablebroadly if it is approved by national regulators and shown to reduce vitamin A deficiency for theworld's poorest populations," says the Gates Foundation website.

    "There's so much misinformation floating around about GMOs that is taken as fact by people,"Michael D. Purugganan, a professor of genomics and biology and the dean for science at NewYork University, told The New York Times after a 2013 protest in the Philippines against therice. Dr. Purugganan's research is not on genetically engineered modified crops, however havinggrown up in the Philippines he became involved inthe conversationabout Golden Rice.

    "A lot of the criticism of GMOs in the Western world suffers from a lack of understanding ofhow really dire the situation is in developing countries," he said.

    The opening line the laureates' letter references a United Nations finding that global productionof "food, feed, and fiber" will need to approximately double by 2050 "to meet the demands of agrowing global population."

    As the world's available arable land stays static or decreases and populations (and worldtemperatures) continue to rise, sustainable andhigh-yield cropswill be a challenge. Parts of thatchallenge could be faced withgenetic modification,the scientists say.

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    That's not to say that the technology is not already in use: There are roughly100 geneticallymodified plantsin American agriculture, most of the cotton grown in India and China isgenetically modified, as well as much of the world's soybeans and corn, reports Newsweek.

    Given the presence of GMOs in American agriculture, recent domestic debates have been overlabeling genetically modified foodthe controversy was recently centered in Vermont, wherelegislators and advocates are working on a law requiring companies to label foods with GMOs.

    But the issue, as it's framed in the letter, is not about whether or not people know what they areconsuming, rather it's a question about whether the scientific community will be able usetechnology to try and address food insecurity.

    Nobel laureate Randy Schekman, a cell biologist at the University of California at Berkeley, toldThe Washington Post that the opposition to scientific advance in GMOs affects "the world'sagricultural future."

    While Greenpeace does not appear to have changedits stance,it remains to be seen howgovernments may react to the endorsement.

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    Watch out for a fresh low as monsoon eyes Punjab,

    Haryana, DelhiVinson Kurian

    Thiruvananthapuram, June 29:

    The India Met Department has put out a watch for a fresh low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengalin what is a clear pointer to a productive session of the monsoon through the first week of July.

    This is the second in a row to materialise in the Bay, even as a predecessor parked over SouthChhattisgarh blinked in tandem, since both cannot exist at the same time.

    In view of this development, the Met has assessed that conditions are favourable for the rains tomarch into most parts of North-West India, including west Rajasthan, the last outpost, over thenext three days.

    Forecast

    Accordingly, over the next three days, the monsoon will enter more parts of Gujarat and WestRajasthan, the remaining parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, west Madhya Pradesh, andUttar Pradesh, most parts of Punjab and Haryana and the whole of Chandigarh and Delhi.

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    Seasonal rains would have mostly made good the eight-day delay that had hindered the

    monsoons spread and advance from Kerala on the south-west coast.

    During the 24 hours that ended on Wednesday morning, the West Coast continued to witnessheavy to very heavy rain with Honnavar recording 20 cm; Harnai-18 cm; Mormugao andKarwar-15 cm each; Ratnagiri-14 cm; Vengurla-13 cm; Panjim and Alibagh-11 cm each; andMumbai Santa Cruz- 10 cm.

    Monsoon activity towards the East of the country was not that pronounced, principally becausean existing low-pressure area over South Chhattisgarh had weakened overnight. Still it wasenough to bring heavy rainfall of 11 cm of rain to Kothagudem in Telangana.

    Reading from the preparedness at the ground level and distribution of helpful atmosphericfeatures, it is more or less clear that the monsoon is readying for an expansion over North Indiain the first week of July.

    On Thursday, heavy to very heavy rain has been forecast at isolated places over Konkan-Goa;heavy rain in most places over west Madhya Pradesh, the hills of West Bengal and Sikkim,Arunachal Pradesh, south Odisha, south Chhattisgarh, coastal Andhra Pradesh, coastal Karnatakaand Kerala.

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    On Friday, July 1, the rains are seen breaking heavy over parts of North-West India, especiallyover Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, and eastRajasthan

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    Rice farmers call on govt to ban rice importationBy Ruth Abla Adjorlolo, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation Jun 30, 2016 at 11:12am

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    Thousands of tons of local rice are presently sitting the northern part of Ghana without market.

    The situation, the rice farmers explained will have a negative impact on their fortunes and also prevent

    them from farming during the next farming season.

    This is due to the fact that the farmers will have to generate additional revenue from other sources to

    settle their indebtedness to the financial institutions from whom they received credit from during the

    previous farming year.

    An acre of rice farm requires between GH1,500 and GH2,000 to cultivate, hence the situation has put

    thousands of farmers out of business, although the government on a number of occasions have vowed torevamp the industry.

    According to the farmers bad road network, delayed harvesting, improper harvesting, threshing, drying

    and storage handling issues are some major challenges they face.

    This came to light when the leadership of the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, SARI, and the

    Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR, toured their eighteen Rice Seed Scaling project

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    demonstration sites in the Navrongo municipality.

    The CSIR-SARI Technician at the Seed scaling project sponsored by USAID and implemented by

    AfricaRice and SARI in the Navrongo Municipality,

    Alfred Acquah has expressed satisfaction about the performance of farmers at the demonstration sites of

    the Rice Seed Scaling project.

    The move is expected to improve their livelihoods by increasing the competitiveness of domestic rice to

    meet the increasing regional demand.

    The investment will also see to the increment of productivity and quality of paddy rice, increase the

    efficiency of local rice sourcing, processing and marketing. The Savanna Agricultural Research Institute,

    SARI, is one of the 13 Research Institutes under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

    (CSIR).

    The Council, founded in 1957 involves more than 600 scientists in the fields of agriculture, fishery,

    forestry, industry, environment and health.

    SARIs mandate is to provide small scale farmers in the Northern, upper East and Upper West regions

    with appropriate innovation/option/technology to increase their food production base on a sustainable

    production system, which maintains and/or increasing soil fertility.

    The research mandate also includes the development of appropriate cropping systems, varieties of crops

    such as maize, groundnut, Bambara, cotton and vegetables crops which are adapted to the needs of

    farmers in the different ecologies of northern Ghana.

    SARI is well endowed with highly trained research scientists.

    Their contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge in their specialized fields has been

    acclaimed at the international level through special awards and citations from world-renowned scientific

    bodies and association.

    Ghana is generally regarded as one of the more successful examples of an economic turnaround in sub-

    Saharan Africa.

    From an over bureaucratic centralised state which led to a currency collapse in the late 1970s, Ghana hasbecome a relative island of political stability and is thus encouraging inward investment. According to

    Mr. Acquah, small holder rice yields are quite low at 1 to 1.5 metric tonnes per hectare, which further

    affects incomes.

    Key bottlenecks in the rice value chain include lack of irrigated land, poor access to quality seed material,

    farmers inability to pay for necessary inputs, sub-standard agricultural practices and cropping techniques,

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    poor post-harvest handling, and lack of mechanisation, which will decrease unit costs.

    The objective of CSIR-SARI is to significantly improve the livelihoods of rice farming small holder

    households in selected countries in the sub-region by increasing competitiveness of domestic rice supply

    to meet increasing regional demand.

    The SARI program is confident that by the end of 2017, the program can be scaled up with the right

    systems and strong collaborations with its partners, leading to an improvement in the incomes and

    livelihoods of rice farmers and building sustainable solutions for the rice industry as a whole.

    A farmer at the Korania demonstration site, George Adongo, commended CSIR-SARI for their support.

    He said the rice seed scaling project has improve their livelihoods and call on government and benevolent

    organizations to provide them with combined harvesters.

    He advised his fellow farmers to plant Agra to enable them increase their production

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    Rice Prices

    as on : 30-06-2016 08:10:22 PM

    Arrivals in tonnes;prices in Rs/quintal in domestic market.

    Arrivals Price

    Current%

    change

    Season

    cumulativeModal

    Prev.

    Modal

    Prev.Yr

    %change

    Rice

    Gadarpur(Utr) 660.00 13.79 115846.00 2181 2070 9.32

    Gorakhpur(UP) 270.00 8 6522.00 2135 2145 5.17

    Bazpur(Utr) 200.00 -54.55 45547.21 1900 1750 -11.63

    Mathabhanga(WB) 100.00 -23.08 5020.00 2150 2150 10.26

    Aligarh(UP) 90.00 12.5 4265.00 2300 2300 21.05

    Karanjia(Ori) 66.50 1230 360.30 2600 2600 4.00

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    Jangipur(WB) 62.00 -0.8 880.00 2180 2175 0.69

    Hapur(UP) 60.00 100 266.00 2280 2140 6.54

    Barasat(WB) 55.00 NC 2830.00 2200 2200 -8.33

    Saharanpur(UP) 50.00 -16.67 5770.00 2390 2400 10.39

    Indus(Bankura Sadar)(WB) 50.00 -16.67 502.00 2550 2550 15.91

    Cachar(ASM) 40.00 NC 2400.00 2500 2500 -7.41

    Lanka(ASM) 35.00 16.67 2900.00 1750 1750 -1.41

    Dhekiajuli(ASM) 32.00 33.33 1154.60 1900 2000 -13.64

    Purulia(WB) 30.00 25 2196.00 2380 2340 NC

    North Lakhimpur(ASM) 23.00 238.24 1593.30 1900 1900 -

    Jasra(UP) 12.50 -37.5 615.00 2225 2150 4.71

    Bankura Sadar(WB) 12.00 NC 100.00 2150 2150 -

    Nilagiri(Ori) 11.00 37.5 523.00 2400 2400 4.35

    Alappuzha(Ker) 10.00 NC 100.00 3975 3975 6.00

    Dibrugarh(ASM) 8.10 1.25 1295.80 2450 2450 -

    Mirzapur(UP) 7.00 7.69 1377.10 1975 1975 0.25

    Kasipur(WB) 1.20 9.09 41.00 2280 2300 3.64

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    Rice Research Center hosts annual field dayBy Breanna Molloy

    Field Day 2016

    Today hundreds of rice producers gathered at the Rice ResearchStation in Crowley for their annual Field Day.The Research

    Station, part of the LSU AgCenter, shared their latest project withthe farmers and took them on a tour of their testing fields.Ahandful of speakers shared their expertise about new developmentsin the industry.Topics included rice breeding, insect management

    and weed control. Economists projected the most opportune markets to be Cuba, China and Iraq.

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    Rice farmers hope Cuban trade could spur local boost

    June 29, 2016 6:38 PM inNews

    Source: WBRZ

    By:Natalia Verdina

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    BATON ROUGERice is a big part of Louisianas culture, and the state grows more thanalmost every other state in the country.

    Now, state leaders are hoping to expand the industry even more, by trading with Cuba.

    Just west of Baton Rouge, rice farms are working diligently providing the food we all know andlove. This year, rice industry leaders have their eye on Cuba, a nation that imports about thesame amount of rice that Louisiana grows.

    But exporting that rice to Cuba has been impossible for the last fifty years.

    The US is not allowed to sell rice to Cuba, Jim Guinn said. If we were able to, its one of the

    largest markets in the western hemisphere for rice.

    Now that diplomatic relations are slowly starting to thaw, local products may soon leave ourports headed straight to the island.

    Louisiana exports about half of the rice it produces, and because of its location, experts saytrading to Cuba is a no brainer. It could also provide a much needed economic boost to localfarmers.

    Farmers like Kevin Berkin are struggling to make ends meet. Thats why he supports the states

    efforts to branch out and explore new markets.

    State leaders, local farmers and businessmen are planning to take a trip to Cuba in July to discussnew moves for trade, tourism and economic developmen

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    NFA supply enough to cover lean months ahead

    By:Angel Palpal-latoc

    Phil ippine Daily I nquirer

    12:16 AM June 30th, 2016

    The National Food Authority (NFA) said there was no need yet to import milled rice since the countryssupply was still enough to meet domestic needs.

    NFA officer-in-charge Tomas R. Escarez in a statement assured the public the agency has morethan the required 30-day buffer stock before the lean months in grain production begin. He saidcurrent inventories were enough to last for 32 days.

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    We have more than enough stocks of the good quality, low-priced NFA rice for the leanmonths, Escarez said.

    He said the national rice inventory currently stood at 3.54 metric tons (MT), good to last for 110days based on the national daily requirement of 32,560 MT.

    Of the inventory, 1.02 million MT is with the NFA, 1.04 million MT is in commercialwarehouses, and 1.47 million MT is kept in households.

    Thesestocks are now strategically prepositioned across the country, especially in calamity-vulnerable areas, Escarez said.

    The NFA chief said he has ordered all the agencys field offices to closely monitor the ricesupply and price situation in all markets nationwide.

    He also instructed the offices to accredit more rice outlets to assure low-income residents couldhave access to the NFA supplies.

    Closer price monitoring and the opening of more rice outlets will ensure that our people will

    always have access to NFA rice, Escarez said.

    Despite sufficient rice supply, the Philippine government has expressed interest in Thailands

    efforts to sell stockpiled rice, the World Trade Organization said earlier this month.

    In the fourth quarter of 2015, the NFA purchased 750,000 tons of rice from state-run suppliers inVietnam and Thailand.

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    Local agriculture survives heavy rains

    Casey Stinnett

    Except for work delays, rain and high water over the past year have not greatly hurt local

    agriculture. Shown here in a photo taken in February is the American Rice Growers facility inRaywood.

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    Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 1:19 pm

    ByCasey Stinnett

    Despite all the many floods Liberty County has experienced over the past year, excessive rainfalland high waters have had minimal effects on local field crops. The negative consequences inmost cases being only to have delayed work.American Rice Growers Dayton General ManagerAaron Holbrook says the percentage of this years rice crop hurt by the extra rain was mightysmall, and that only a few acres didnt get planted.

    Rice being a water crop anyway, brief periods of high water will not usually hurt production.

    Thats the one crop that it didnt effect much, Holbrook said.

    The little harm done by the rain was to prevent herbicides and fertilizers from being applied asplanned, Holbrook said.

    Roy Flora, Liberty County Ag Extension Agent, mentioned that the first cutting of hay wassignificantly delayed. Normally cut in early to mid May, the first cut was not made until theweek of June 20.

    He explained that the second and third cutting usually produces better hay, so that delay in workwill effect the quality of this seasons hay. Even after the first cutting is made, more delay isexpected because the ground is saturated so the hay will take longer to cure. Curing that would

    take only 3 or 4 days in dry weather will take 6 or 7 days when the soil is wet.

    Based on what local farmers have told him, Flora said soybean crops in the west and south of thecounty have done pretty well so far.

    Not much corn is grown locally, but some farmers did not get 100 percent of their crops in, Florasaid.

    Ornamental and horticultural plants have suffered from the weather, mostly from fungus andmold growing on their leaves.

    Calves normally ship in November. The number of calves in Liberty County had been goingdown but have picked up in the last couple of weeks.

    While Liberty County is developing toward becoming more industrial and as a residential areafor people working in Harris County, it remains a largely agricultural community.

    According to a 2013 Texas A&M University State of the Community report, a little more than

    seven out of every 1,000 employed persons living in Liberty County work in agriculture,

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    forestry, fishing and hunting. That report calls agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting still aneconomical threat of Liberty County.

    As of 2012, according to the USDA Census of Agriculture, Liberty County held 1,470 farmscovering 286,793 total acres and averaging 195 acres each. Although the number of farms andthe acreage given to farming in 2012 was down from the 1,589 farms counted in 2007 thatcovered 297,855 acres, the value of agricultural products sold increased over those five years by39 percent.

    The total market value of Liberty County agricultural products sold in 2012 was $34,939,000, ofwhich 42 percent was from crops and 58 percent was from livestock.

    The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service says that as of Jan. 1, 2016 Liberty Countyhad 52,000 head of cattle, 34,000 beef cows, and 1,300 goats.

    In 2012, Liberty County ranked second among Texas 254 counties in the number of honey beecolonies with 13,808 colonies here. Liberty County was 11 in the value of rice sold; 12 insoybeans for beans; 25 in forage-land used for all hay and haylage, grass silage and greenchop;and 42 in its number of horses and ponies with 2,793. Liberty County then had 49,217 cattle andcalves, putting it at 71 out of 254 Texas counties

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    7bf2-5449-a132-e23cb5691041.html

    2016 Acreage Preview: Rice Acres on the Rise as Drought

    RecedesJune 29, 2016 05:02 PM

    ByAlison Rice

    The end of Texass punishing drought could mean a resurgence in rice acres

    in Thursdays USDA report.Theres no doubt well have an increase in

    planted (rice) acreage in Arkansas this year, but well really see it in Texas,

    predicted Jack Scoville, vice president of the PRICE Futures Group inChicago, who thinks Texas rice acres could jump significantly. All those

    farmers who were planting sorghum (due to the drought) are now planting rice.

    Overall, he predicts farmers will plant 2.98 million acres of rice, which is just below the averagetrade guess of 3 million acres.

    Thats actually fairly close to USDAs March estimates. In 2016, rice growers intended to plant3.064 million acres of rice, an increase of 17% from 2015, according to USDAs Prospective

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    Planting report. The top state for the grain has been Arkansas, where producers expected to plant1.581 million acres of rice this spring.

    The potential uptick is making some in the rice industry a little anxious.. In all likelihood, it canreasonably be expected that the total acreage number will decrease but the big question will bethe actual magnitude. Even small adjustments to this number will have large impacts down-balance sheet and ultimately in the market, said the U.S. Rice Producers Association. Untilthen, the trade can do little except speculate and hope that the USDA does not become even moreover-zealous later in the month.

    If rice acreage continues its rise from 2015 and the weather cooperates, growers could have a bigharvest this year. Luckily, export sales of rice have been pretty good, Scoville said. Were

    going to need that good demand to increase to keep ending stocks down at reasonable levels

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    Monsoon rains 1 percent above average in past week - IMD

    People shelter from the rain under umbrellas on a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India June 27,

    2016.

    Reuters/Danish Siddiqui

    Monsoon rains in India were 1 percent above average in the week ending June 29, the IndiaMeteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday.The June-September monsoon has

    remained 12 percent lower than average so far, but rains have covered almost the entire country,and helped quicken the planting process of summer crops such as rice, soybeans, cotton andpulses.Though the monsoon arrived in India on June 8, a week later than usual, IMD expectsrains to pick up pace in July.

    (Reporting by Sankalp Phartiyal; Editing by Malini Menon

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    Shortage of power supply troubles paddy farmers

    Tribune News Service

    Bathinda, June 29Even as the government claims of making the state power surplus, farmers are not even getting power

    supply for the promised eight hours ahead of the paddy sowing season.

    Farmers in various blocks of Mansa district are complaining about the poor supply of power.

    The government had promised eight-hour power supply to the farmers as the sowing of paddy is on its

    peak.

    The farmers in the cotton belt, especially in Bareta block of Mansa district have been complaining about

    the shortage of power supply.

    The farmers, who have opted to sow paddy instead of cotton due to the fear of whitefly attack, are still

    facing a precarious situation.

    Whitefly fear has also led to increase in area under paddy cultivation.

    The cotton crop needs irrigation seven to eight times during its growth whereas the paddy crop needs to

    be irrigated 14-15 times.

    Even at the time of sowing, the paddy farmers need to irrigate their field.

    The government this year has released many motor connections but there are of no use if there is

    no power supply. Most of the farmers, other than small or marginal, are even willing to pay the bills for

    power usage but they demand that the supply should be regular and round-the-clock. The farmers inBareta and other areas are getting about six hours supply instead of promised eight hours. However, in

    some blocks of Mansa district, the supply of power is for eight hours. It has been our demand that the

    government should supply power for irrigation during the day instead of night, saidRam Singh

    Bhenibagha, BKU Ugraha Mansa president.

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    NFA rice inventory good for 32 daysbyMary Grace Padin- June 29, 2016

    The National Food Authority (NFA) on Tuesday assured the public the country has enough ricestocks to last throughout the lean season, or from July to September.

    NFA Officer in Charge Tomas R. Escarez said the agency, as of June 15, has a rice inventory of1.02 million metric tons (MMT), which is sufficient for 32 days.

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    This volume exceeded the mandatory 30-day buffer stock the food agency is required to maintainduring the lean season.

    We have more than enough stocks of the good quality, low-priced NFA rice for the leanmonths. These stocks are now strategically prepositioned across the country, especially incalamity-vulnerable areas, Escarez said

    The official said he has directed the NFAs field offices toclosely monitor the rice-supply and price

    situation in all markets nationwide in preparation for the lean months.

    He also instructed the field offices to accredit more rice outlets to sell NFA rice to make sure the supply

    will be more accessible to low-income buyers anywhere in the country. Closer price monitoring and the

    opening of more rice outlets will ensure that our people will always have access to NFA rice, Escarez

    said.

    According to data from the NFA, the countrys rice inventory is currently at 3.54 MMT, which is good tolast

    for 110 days, based on the national daily requirement of 32,560 MT. Of this volume, 1.02 MMT are

    stored in NFA warehouses, 1.04 MMT in commercial warehouses and 1.47 MMT in the households.

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    Bank bad debts a challenge but not a time bomb

    Arvind Subramanian

    The Centre and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are working together toensure bad debts do not become a time-bomb and impact the economy,according to the Chief Economic Advisor.It cant be a time bomb, saidArvind Subramanian on Wednesday drawing a parallel with China.Corporate loan exposure of banks in China corresponds to 165 per cent ofthat countrys GDP. In contrast, the exposure at Indian banks to such

    loans works out to 35 per cent of the GDP. Various steps are beingtaken, he said, without elaborating. Mr. Subramanian was speaking tothe media at the C.R. Rao Advanced Institute of Mathematics, Statistics

    and Computer Science here. On consolidation of public sector banks, hesaid the aim was to increase the efficiency and get fewer but more

    efficient banks.

    Brexit ripples

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    Describing the referendum in which Britain voted to exit the European Union (EU) as alandmark development that might slow down the global economy, he said: We are really wellcushioned to bear the impact.

    India remains a safe haven for investments, he said.

    The Centre would be carefully watching the Brexit impact on growth in the U.S. and Europe, andresultant implications for Indian exports.

    However, given the offset that a good monsoon would provide, he said the Centre would stick tothe growth forecast made in the Economic Survey. The current account deficit will be within oneper cent of GDP helped by low crude oil prices, Mr. Subramanian said.

    A good monsoon would also help cool prices of pulses, currently contributing to much of thefood inflation.

    Keywords:bad debts,banking sector, RBI,bad loans

    http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/bank-bad-debts-a-challenge-but-not-a-time-bomb-

    chief-economic-advisor-arvind-subramanian/article8788845.ece

    Rice Foundation accepting applications for 2017 leadership

    program

    Jun 30, 2016 USA Rice

    The Rice Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Rice Leadership DevelopmentProgram. Rice producers or industry-related professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 areeligible to apply for the program. The application deadline is October 1.

    The Rice Leadership Development Program provides acomprehensive understanding of the rice industry, with anemphasis on personal development and communication skills.During a two-year period, class members attend four one-weeksessions designed to strengthen leadership skills through

    studies of all aspects of the rice industry.

    The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals chosen by a committee of agribusiness leaders. The committee evaluatesthe applications of all candidates, reviews letters of recommendation, and conducts personalinterviews with the finalists. Interviews will be conducted at the USA Rice Outlook Conferencein Memphis, Tennessee, in December.

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    The program is sponsored by John Deere Company, RiceTec, Inc., and American CommodityCompany through The Rice Foundation and managed by USA Rice.

    Additional information on the Rice Leadership Development Program and an application formcan be found onthe USA Rice website.

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    APEDA AgriExchange Newsletter - Volume 1507

    International Benchmark Price

    Price on: 29-06-2016

    Product Benchmark Indicators Name Price

    Garlic

    1 Chinese first grade granules, CFR NW Europe (USD/t) 3500

    2 Chinese Grade A dehydrated flakes, CFR NW Europe (USD/t) 4500

    3 Chinese powdered, CFR NW Europe (USD/t) 3000

    Ginger

    1 Chinese sliced, CIF NW Europe (USD/t) 2150

    2 Chinese whole, CIF NW Europe (USD/t) 2300

    3 Indian Cochin, CIF NW Europe (USD/t) 2850

    Guar Gum Powder

    1 Indian 100 mesh 3500 cps, FOB Kandla (USD/t) 3700

    2 Indian 200 mesh 3500 cps basis, FOB Kandla (USD/t) 1100

    3 Indian 200 mesh 5000 cps, FOB Kandla (USD/t) 2220

    Source: oryza, agra-net For more info

    Market Watch

    Commodity-wise, Market-wise Daily Price on 28-06-2016

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    Domestic Prices Unit Price : Rs per Qty

    Product Market Center Variety Min Price Max Price

    Maize

    1 Haveri (Karnataka) Local 1690 1750

    2 Dahod (Gujarat) Yellow 1700 1750

    3 Sangli (Maharashtra) Other 1850 1900

    Paddy(Dhan)

    1 Sanad (Gujarat) Other 1450 2860

    2 Kasargod (Kerala) Other 1500 1600

    3 Attabira (Orissa) Other 1410 1450

    Papaya

    1 Jagraon (Punjab) Other 2300 2700

    2 Jalore (Rajasthan) Other 1500 1700

    3 Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh) Other 1230 1270

    Onion

    1 Bargarh (Orissa) Other 1500 1700

    2 Giridih (Jharkhand) Other 1200 1500

    3 Siliguri (West Bengal) Other 1600 1800

    Source:agmarknet.nic.in For more info

    Floriculture Unit Price : US$ per package

    Price on 28-06-2016

    Product Market Center Origin Variety Low High

    Rose Flower Package: bunched 10s

    1 Boston Ecuador Assorted Colors 12 12.50

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    Orchid Flower Package: bunched 10s

    1 Boston Thailand Dendrobium 16 16

    Lilies Flower Package: per bunch

    1 Boston Canada Asiatic Type 13.50 13.50

    Sunflower Package: per stem

    1 Boston California Large Head 1.50 1.50

    Source:USDA

    06/30/2016 Farm Bureau Market Report

    Soybeans

    High Low

    Cash Bids 1176 1084

    New Crop 1141 1068

    Riceland Foods

    Cash Bids Stuttgart: - - - Pendleton: - - -

    New Crop Stuttgart: - - - Pendleton:

    Futures:SOYBEANS

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    High Low Last Change

    Jul '16 1182.00 1122.00 1175.00 +30.50

    Aug '16 1181.50 1120.50 1174.25 +33.75

    Sep '16 1169.00 1104.75 1162.25 +39.25

    Nov '16 1160.75 1092.00 1153.25 +40.75

    Jan '17 1155.50 1088.00 1148.25 +39.75

    Mar '17 1115.00 1056.75 1104.75 +31.25

    May '17 1098.50 1046.50 1088.00 +28.50

    Jul '17 1096.50 1048.50 1085.25 +27.00

    Aug '17 1034.50 1034.50 1065.25 +23.25

    Soybean CommentSoybeans surprised the market and continued to pull higher today. New crop soybeans traded in a 68-cent

    range today after a volatile day. Soybeans started out the day with another strong export sales report after

    the USDA reported another week of stronger sales and exports. This was followed by an acreage report

    where the USDA forecasted more soybean acres, but they were near the average trade estimate a neutral

    number for the market. As far as stocks goes this was about the only real bearish number received by the

    soybean market as the USDA forecasted 870 million bushels of soybeans in storage compared to a trade

    estimate of 829 million bu with a range from 775862 million bu. While the estimate was higher than

    trade guesses, further increases in the Brazilian Real relative to the dollar today has traders optimistic

    about U.S. soybean export prospects. The market will continue to digest these numbers and may need

    additional help to push past resistance near contract highs. Look for soybeans to begin to come under

    pressure as the gap widens between corn and soybean prices.

    Wheat

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    High Low

    Cash Bids 441 375

    New Crop440 410

    Futures:WHEAT

    High Low Last Change

    Jul '16 438.75 423.00 431.25 +1.75

    Sep '16 453.50 436.00 445.50 +1.00

    Dec '16 473.00 456.50 465.50 +0.25

    Mar '17 490.50 474.50 483.25 -1.00

    May '17 501.00 486.50 493.75 -1.00

    Jul '17 508.25 495.25 502.00 -0.50

    Sep '17 516.00 507.00 511.75 0.00

    Dec '17 531.25 519.00 526.25 -0.25

    Mar '18 539.25 539.25 539.50 -0.50

    Wheat Comment

    Wheat prices managed modest gains today after a mixed report. Wheat prices started the day with more

    positive demand news as both exports and sales were strong again this week. As for the supply side,

    USDA forecast for acreage was roughly a million acres above trade expectations at 50.18 million acres.

    Wheat stocks on the other hand came in near trade expectations at 981 million bushels compared to a

    trade estimate of 982 million bu. The market remains near contract lows but stronger demand is helping

    underpin prices at this tim, but if soybeans were to loose momentum wheat could see additional losses.

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    Grain Sorghum

    High Low

    Cash Bids 372 250

    New Crop 348 255

    Corn

    High Low

    Cash Bids 395 355

    New Crop 395 359

    Futures:CORN

    High Low Last Change

    Jul '16 377.50 355.75 358.75 -14.00

    Sep '16 382.25 360.25 365.50 -12.25

    Dec '16 387.75 365.25 371.25 -11.75

    Mar '17 395.25 373.25 379.50 -10.75

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    May '17 398.25 378.75 384.50 -9.75

    Jul '17 401.25 382.50 389.25 -8.25

    Sep '17 386.00 376.50 382.75 +0.50

    Dec '17 391.50 380.00 388.75 +2.25

    Mar '18 399.00 390.00 397.00 +3.00

    Corn Comment

    Corn closed sharply lower today after the release of three bearish USDA Report. The day started out with

    a new export sales were sales were down 46% from last week and 59% from the 4-week average. While

    exports were stronger this week the market continues to worry about demand as sales continued their

    multi week slide after strong sales to end the month of May. So after raising concerns about demand the

    USDA released the acreage and quarterly stocks report which were both above trade expectations. The

    trade expected 92.896 million acres of corn, but were given 94.148 million acres; an increase of 547,000

    acres from the March Planting intentions of 93.601 million acres. Additionally, the market expected June

    1 stocks to total 4.528 billion bushels with a range from 4.437-4.650 billion bu; instead the USDA

    estimated 4.722 billion bu in storage on June 1. All this combined to push corn prices even lower today as

    new crop corn ended down 11.5-cents. Sharp losses over the last 11 days has taken 77-cents off of cornprices, with the increases in acres the market is likely to remain under even more pressure as weather

    forecasts improve for major growing regions. Corn needs to see demand begin to pick back up in order to

    help support prices. Just for a matter of reference, last year the market expected the USDA to lower

    soybean acreage from Prospective Planting Forecast of 84.635 million acres, but was surprised with

    higher acreage in this report as the USDA forecasts 85.139 million acres; however, by the end of the

    marketing year in January 2016 the USDA had lowered acreage to 82.7 million acres, so the market was

    right in June.

    Cotton

    Futures:COTTON

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    High Low Last Change

    Jul '16 63.08 63.08 62.82 -1.68

    Oct '16 67.1 64.72 64.62 -1.6

    Dec '16 66.42 64.15 64.17 -1.68

    Cotton Comment

    Cotton futures charted a bearish reversal today in reaction to the USDA acreage report. US acreage was

    reported at 10.023 million acres. That is up from the March 1 Planting Intentions total of 9.562 million

    and last year's total of 8.85 million acres. Today's losses give the market a bearish appearance, but the

    uptrend drawn off the February low remains intact, with support currently around 63.64 cents. Better

    exports last week gave the market a boost Thursday, thanks to some weakness in the dollar. Weekly

    export sales were 58,700 bales for 2015-2016 delivery and 138,300 for 2016-2017 delivery.

    Rice

    High Low

    Long Grain Cash Bids - - - - - -

    Long Grain New Crop - - - - - -

    Futures:ROUGH RICE

    High Low Last Change

    Jul '16 1072.5 1047.5 1050.5 -14.0

    Sep '16 1105.0 1058.5 1064.5 -25.5

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    Nov '16 1123.5 1090.0 1093.0 -25.5

    Jan '17 1119.0 1113.0 1116.0 -26.0

    Mar '17 1160.0 1131.0 1136.5 -26.0

    May '17 1155.5 -26.0

    Jul '17 1169.5 -26.0

    Rice Comment

    Rice futures posted sharp losses in reaction to the acreage report. USDA says 3.212 million acres of rice

    were planted nationwide. In Arkansas, the total is a whopping 1.581 million acres: 1.43 million acres of

    long grain and 150,000 acres of medium grain. Crop conditions remain generally favorable, with 68% of

    the crop rated good to excellent for the second week in a row. September violated support at $10.70

    today, and there is little technical support above $9.90. Weekly export sales this week totalled 84,100

    metric tons for 15-16 delivery.

    Cattle

    Futures:

    Live Cattle:LIVE CATTLE

    High Low Last Change

    Jun '16 120.000 118.675 120.000 +1.100

    Aug '16 115.700 114.275 114.825 +0.700

    Oct '16 115.325 113.950 114.650 +0.700

    Dec '16 115.400 114.375 114.950 +0.575

    Feb '17 114.575 113.625 114.300 +0.500

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    Apr '17 113.625 112.800 113.500 +0.500

    Jun '17 107.850 106.925 107.725 +0.700

    Aug '17 106.700 105.700 106.625 +0.850

    Feeders:FEEDER CATTLE

    High Low Last Change

    Aug '16 145.100 143.300 144.300 +1.250

    Sep '16 144.000 142.125 143.500 +1.450

    Oct '16 142.300 140.425 141.975 +1.525

    Nov '16 139.575 137.775 139.450 +1.650

    Jan '17 135.300 133.500 135.175 +1.700

    Mar '17 132.000 130.225 132.000 +1.750

    Apr '17131.000 130.100 131.000 +1.200

    May '17 129.175 129.175 129.700 +1.200

    Cattle Comment

    Improving trade volumes and stronger cash prices helped push cattle prices higher on Thursday,

    continued weakness in the corn market after multiple USDA reports were bearish today also helped

    support cattle prices today. Live cattle continue to try and establish a bottom which is helping propel

    feeders higher.

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    Hogs

    Futures:LEAN HOGS

    High Low Last Change

    Jul '16 83.300 82.625 82.850 -0.250

    Aug '16 83.625 82.650 83.275 -0.050

    Oct '16 71.800 70.900 71.700 +0.050

    Dec '16 64.400 63.450 64.200 +0.175

    Feb '17 67.525 66.625 67.350 +0.225

    Apr '17 71.325 70.325 71.150 +0.350

    May '17 75.625 +0.250

    Jun '17 79.350 78.550 79.350 +0.500

    Jul '17 78.725 78.575 78.750 -0.050

    Fantastic Weather, Technical Developments, Cuba, and the

    Rice Leadership Development Program Mark Louisiana

    Field Days

    By:Michael Klein

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    KAPLAN and CROWLEY, LA - As growers

    know all too well, sometimes the weather just

    cooperates. Such was the case this week when torrential and dangerous rains in some areas during the

    day suddenly gave way to cool evenings and one of the mildest LSU Field Days most can remember.

    On Wednesday, the LSU H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley hosted the 107thannual rice

    field day to large crowds and insightful presentations led by Dr. Steve Linscombe with other researchers

    from LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and private industry.

    New varieties - including a Clearfield hybrid; fungicide timing; the impact of Provisia, a new herbicide-

    tolerant technology, on weed control; and pests - including a new threat from Central America now being

    tracked in Texas; were covered during the field tours. Researchers also shared the latest information on

    promising new techniques to maximize ratoon crops.

    The sun came out just as the tours were concluding, chasing the hundreds of attendees inside for

    additional presentations and remarks from Jackie Loewer, Chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research

    Board, Jim Guinn, USA Rice Vice President of International Promotion, Ronnie Anderson, President of

    the Louisiana Farm Bureau, and others.

    While the crowd appreciated the fine work the LSU Ag Center staff are completing on behalf of the rice

    industry, talk of the potential opening of Cuba as a new market for U.S. rice dominated many discussions.

    "Cuba has great potential for us - at one time our top export destination," said Guinn. "While USA Ricehas an excellent relationship with the government and trade in Cuba, it's going to take some more action

    by Congress before we can begin to realize the full potential of this market."

    The evening before the LSU Field Day, more than 100 growers gathered at Christian Richard's farm in

    Kaplan for the HorizonAg Field Day that featured exciting presentations, including varietiesthat

    Horizon's General Manager Dr. Tim Walker is confident will satisfy the demanding expectations of

    Central American customers who are highly focused on quality.

    USA Rice staff attended the field days and gave presentations at meetings of the Louisiana Rice

    Promotion Board and the Central Louisiana Rice Growers Association (CenLARGA).

    "What struck me most perhaps about all of the activities was the number of graduates and current

    students in the Rice Leadership Development Program who were presenting," Guinn added. "From the

    HorizonAg host, Christian Richard, to the HorizonAg presenters in Dr. Walker, Michael Fruge, and

    Sunny Bottoms, to the LSU Field Day, led by Dr. Linscombe and Dr. Dustin Harrell, and John Earles Jr.

    in the CenLARGA organization. It shows the success and reach of the program and that the graduates are

    doing exactly what is expected of them - leading the industry."

    L inscombe points the way forward

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    Leadership grads abound, f rom the left: F ruge, Bottoms, and Walker

    Acreage Report: 2016 Crop Planted Acres Up More Than

    22 Percent from 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service Acreagereportwas released

    today. The annual report presents acreage by planted and/or harvested areas by state

    Stop bashing GMOs, say 107 scientists and economists

    Nobel prize laureates call on Greenpeace to back off on opposition to Golden Rice and GMOs,saying genetic modification holds the key to modern solutions to world hunger and malnutrition

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    One-hundred-and-seven Nobel laureates have stepped together into the decades-old debatesurrounding genetically modified food (GMOs). The laureates, all from the science andeconomic fields, signeda letter releasedthis week that both voices support for GMOs in food

    and challenges the opposition of Greenpeace and other groups to GMOs.

    The debate about GMOs, their safety and place in our food and agriculture, has been ongoing onthe world and domestic stages. The implantation and consumption of GMO seeds and foods isstrictly regulatedby agencies such as the European Commission and the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture.

    Genetic modifications entered into new territory with the 2012 invention and subsequentadvancement ofCRISPR technology,which allows scientists to zero in on specific genes tomodify in an organisms DNA with much more precision than previous gene technology.

    Recommended:What do you know about GMOs? Take the GMO quiz

    However, this cutting edge technology was not at the heart of the Nobel laureates letteryesterday, nor was it mentioned at all. Instead the scientists focused on Golden Rice, a 1999invention of biologists Ingo Potrykus and Peter Beyer, who aimed to alleviate Vitamin Adeficiency among millions of malnourished children with a genetically modified rice plant.

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    The rice, it seems, has become a symbol of the beleaguered movement to make impactfulhumanitarian advances in GMOs amid government regulation and anti-GMO activism.

    "We urge Greenpeace and its supporters to re-examine the experience of farmers and consumersworldwide with crops and foods improved through biotechnology, recognize the findings ofauthoritative scientific bodies and regulatory agencies, and abandon their campaign against'GMOs' in general and Golden Rice in particular," said the letter, signed by laureates across thefields of medicine, chemistry, physics, and economics.

    The statement comes a little over a month after the National Academies of Sciences,Engineering, and Medicine released a report saying that they foundno evidencethat geneticallymodified crops led to widespread health problems or had negative environmental impact.

    The letter, addressed to leaders of Greenpeace, the United Nations and governments around theworld, calls for the end of both the campaign against "the tools of modern biology" and thegenetically modified Golden Rice.

    Greenpeace responded on Thursday with a statement issued from Manila, saying that "the onlyguaranteed solution to fix malnutrition is a diverse healthy diet" and denying the capabilities ofGolden Rice.

    "This costly experiment has failed to produce results for the past 20 years and diverted attentionfrom methods that already work," wrote Wilhelmina Pelegrina of Greenpeace Southeast Asia."Rather than invest in this overpriced public relations exercise, we need to address malnutritionthrough a more diverse diet, equitable access to food and eco-agriculture."

    What may be behind the scientists' decision to focus their letter on Golden Rice is the parallelbetween the product, which is still in trials and testing, and the potentially unexplored solutionsin today's labs.

    Richard Roberts, a chief scientific officer at New England Biolabs, who organized the lettercampaign along with geneticist Phillip Sharp, the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in physiologyor medicine, says that he was reacting to reports from fellow scientists that their genetic researchwas being restricted by anti-GMO activism.

    "We're scientists.We understand the logic of science. It's easy to see what Greenpeace is doing isdamaging and is anti-science," he told The Washington Post.

    Golden Rice is a specific example of the hope of the signatories that genetic modification canhelp to alleviate world hunger and malnutrition. The rice, named for its hue, is geneticallyinfused with beta carotene, which the human body turns to Vitamin A. The World HealthOrganization reports that 250 million preschool children worldwide are still affected by VitaminA deficiency, which cancause blindnessand death because of poor immune systemdevelopment.

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    But since it was first produced in 1999, Golden Rice, whose research and development is nowbeingfundedby the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has yet to fulfill its goals. Instead, therice remains in field testing in Bangladesh and the Philippines. It "will only be made availablebroadly if it is approved by national regulators and shown to reduce vitamin A deficiency for theworld's poorest populations," says the Gates Foundation website.

    "There's so much misinformation floating around about GMOs that is taken as fact by people,"Michael D. Purugganan, a professor of genomics and biology and the dean for science at NewYork University, told The New York Times after a 2013 protest in the Philippines against therice. Dr. Purugganan's research is not on genetically engineered modified crops, however havinggrown up in the Philippines he became involved inthe conversationabout Golden Rice.

    "A lot of the criticism of GMOs in the Western world suffers from a lack of understanding ofhow really dire the situation is in developing countries," he said.

    The opening line the laureates' letter references a United Nations finding that global productionof "food, feed, and fiber" will need to approximately double by 2050 "to meet the demands of agrowing global population."

    As the world's available arable land stays static or decreases and populations (and worldtemperatures) continue to rise, sustainable andhigh-yield cropswill be a challenge. Parts of thatchallenge could be faced withgenetic modification,the scientists say.

    That's not to say that the technology is not already in use: There are roughly100 geneticallymodified plantsin American agriculture, most of the cotton grown in India and China isgenetically modified, as well as much of the world's soybeans and corn, reports Newsweek.

    Given the presence of GMOs in American agriculture, recent domestic debates have bee