Rice farmers renew checkoff

Linda Benedict, Schultz, Bruce  |  2/16/2012 11:52:36 PM

Louisiana rice farmers agreed to continue paying a nickel for every 100 pounds of rice for research and 3 cents per hundred pounds for promotion for the next five years. The vote was held Jan. 17. The totals showed 357 producers voting for the research check-off and 65 voting against, or 85 percent in favor of the measure and 15 percent against. The promotion referendum was approved 321 to 107, or 75 percent for and 25 percent opposed. Jackie Loewer, a rice farmer from Branch, La., and chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, said the vote shows that an overwhelming majority of farmers approve of check-off funding.

Bruce Schultz

(This article was published in the winter 2012 issue of Louisiana Agriculture magazine.)

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