The USA Rice Leadership Class of 2012 visited the Rice Research Station for supper Wednesday night. They were treated with Cajun music and heard from Dr. Mike Strain, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry, who talked about the healthy condition of the state’s agricultural industry.
Thursday, the class was given a tour of the Rice Research Station, then visited the Zaubrecher farm near Rayne to watch different farming techniques. They later dined on crawfish at the home of farmer Christian Richard and his wife Julie.
Farmers in the class are Brian Barrett, Arbuckle, Calif.; Rance Daniels, Hornersville, Mo.; Timothy Gertson, Lissie, Texas; Noble Guedon, Natchez, Miss.; and Clint Roth, Stuttgart, Ark..
The industry-related class members are Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter entomologist, and Brice Lauppe, rice buyer from Farmer’s Rice Cooperative in Roseville, Calif.