48th Annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day

July 1, 2022

Rice farmers gathered at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station this week to the annual rice field day organized by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Colorado County Rice Committee. The event including an evening program was sponsored by area agri-businesses including the US Rice Producers Association and the Texas Rice Council. An extensive list of Texas A&M scientists presented research developments on a range of subjects while Dr. Ted Wilson (Center Director) introduced economist George Knappe who updated the audience on the rice economy and farm policy issues. Grace Wang, Eastern Hemisphere Director for the USRPA attended along with Dwight Roberts (market & policy advisor), visited with individual farmers and scientists. 

Prior to the field day, the Texas Rice Producers Board met where Josey Dishman of Beaumont was named the new President and farmers Neal Stoesser (Dayton) and Barrett Franz (Bay City) were both sworn in by the Texas Department of Agriculture as new board members for Districts 2 & 7. Congratulations to those gentlemen for their leadership on behalf of the Texas rice farming industry.

Entomologist Dr Lina Bernaola, Assistant Professor of Rice Pest Management & Host Plant Resistance discusses insect management to farmers during the Eagle Lake field tours. Dr Bernaola replaces the popular Dr Mo Way (Emeritus Professor) who retired in 2021. Also pictured is Research Assistant Becky Pearson.

Congratulations to Josey Dishman upon his election by the TRPB as the new board president. Also pictured is Vicki Rao, Administrator of the TRPB.
Barrett Franz from Matagorda County is sworn in to represent District 7 on the TRPB. Considered a community leader, Barrett serves on numerous area boards including the Texas Rice Council.

Neal Stoesser from Dayton was sworn in to represent District 2. A large East Texas farmer, Neal serves on numerous boards and is a member of the South Louisiana Rail Facility in Lacassine that has had such a positive influence on East Texas rice prices for farmers. Neal also serves on both the Texas Rice Council and the USRPA board.
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