Louisiana Farmer Garners National Recognition for Conservation
By Lexi Clark
KAPLAN, LA -- Coinciding with
September National Rice Month, Louisiana rice farmer Christian Richard is
being recognized by Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
as their Farmer Spotlight Honoree for his commitment to conservation and stewardship.
He was nominated for the honor for his leadership and advocacy for
sustainability in rice production.
Richard is a sixth-generation
rice farmer with a desire to leave the land better than it was before.
As he says, "U.S. farmers should not be afraid to tell their story of
how we are being productive while conserving natural resources and
maintaining the safest food supply in the world."
Through his involvement in the
Louisiana Master Farmer Program, Richard developed a resource management system
plan. Though he has been working to address resource concerns on his
farm for many years, he didn't have a way to quantify those environmental
outcomes and realized that documenting his sustainability improvements could
facilitate greater trust with the supply chain and provide consumers with
more specific information about environmental performance.
"Use of tools, such as
the Field to Market Fieldprint® Platform, to document the field-level metric
performance is necessary to meet consumer demands," Richard said.
"Farmers can be more pro-active in providing feedback to our customers
Field to Market's Fieldprint®
Platform is an online tool that helps farmers better understand and
communicate how management decisions affect overall sustainability
performance and operational efficiency.
Richard is a participant in
the Rice Stewardship Partnership Fieldprint® Project sponsored by USA Rice
and Ducks Unlimited with a goal of conserving three of the nation's important
natural resources: water, wetland wildlife, and working ricelands. The
effort combines public and private resources to enhance riceland across the
country to improve crop production while providing valuable habitat for
Through his participation in
multiple USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, Richard
has integrated beneficial conservation practices throughout his farm,
including precision leveling and no-till planting.
"We're so proud of
Christian as he truly exemplifies the ongoing commitment today's U.S. rice
farmers have to not only preserve the environment but to enhance and protect
it," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.
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As director of Louisiana Field Services for USA Rice, not
only did Randy represent us at public events like the annual Mid-South Farm and
Gin Show where he enthralls thousands of visitors with his informative and
entertaining rice facts; not only does he attend grower events throughout
Louisiana, but he also traveled to field days and other events in Texas. And most years he accompanied the Louisiana
rice industry delegation to Washington for the annual USA Rice Government
Affairs Conference where we meet with Members of Congress and their staff, and
federal agency representatives to explain Louisiana rice industry priorities to
The value Randy brought to
our industry cannot be overstated. We
all know about rice. We know what it
takes to get a crop in, care for it, leave a good amount up to the Lord, and
get that crop out again. Randy knows
too, having farmed thirteen years in Allen and Jeff Davis parishes. But Randy also knows that most people, like
our representatives in Baton Rouge and in Washington, really don’t know what it
takes. And they don’t know how decisions they make – or don’t make – will impact us. And importantly, Randy knows how to fill in
He can talk as a farmer,” and he can talk as a policy maker.” And that’s quite a valuable skill. One we will miss.