49 episodes

During each episode, your hosts Michael and Lesley will explore the world of U.S.-grown rice through the eyes of the people who know it best – farmers, millers, researchers, marketers, exporters and end-users.

Whether it’s amazing achievements in sustainability and conservation, exciting promotional strategies, or innovative technology, we’ll get deep into the weeds to tell the story of U.S. rice. Whether you’re a seasoned ag industry professional or just looking to learn more about the rice in your pantry, The Rice Stuff has something for everyone.

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During each episode, your hosts Michael and Lesley will explore the world of U.S.-grown rice through the eyes of the people who know it best – farmers, millers, researchers, marketers, exporters and end-users.

Whether it’s amazing achievements in sustainability and conservation, exciting promotional strategies, or innovative technology, we’ll get deep into the weeds to tell the story of U.S. rice. Whether you’re a seasoned ag industry professional or just looking to learn more about the rice in your pantry, The Rice Stuff has something for everyone.

    Cuba: ¡dale, Vamos a La Isla!

    Cuba: ¡dale, Vamos a La Isla!

    Cuba was at one time the largest export market for U.S.-grown rice, but the Kennedy Administration’s embargo of The Island brought an end to that. And 60 years later, we’re still feeling the effects: a food crisis in Cuba and a reliable, close export market gone. This episode looks at the current situation with U.S.-Cuban trade. Special guests Paul Johnson, chair of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and Rodney Gonzalez, Counselor Embassy of Cuba join Asiha Grigsby and Lesley Dixon.
    With special guests:
    Paul Johnson, Chair, U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and Rodney A. González Maestrey, Counselor, Embassy of Cuba
    Hosted by:
    Lesley Dixon and Asiha Grigsby

    • 37 min
    Innovations That Have Revolutionized the Rice Industry

    Innovations That Have Revolutionized the Rice Industry

    Agriculture is at the intersection of science, determination, and good fortune – and innovation keeps everything moving forward. Two renowned rice scientists, Dr. Eric Webster and Dr. Steve Linscombe, join this episode to talk about important rice innovations. From the way rice is planted to the environmental impact of raising a crop, and even to how new varieties are developed, the Clearfield and Provisia rice systems have revolutionized the U.S. rice industry.
    With special guests:
    Dr. Eric Webster, Director, Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station and Dr. Steve Linscombe, The Rice Foundation
    Hosted by:
    Michael Klein and Lesley Dixon

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Farm Bill 2023 - An Early Look

    Farm Bill 2023 - An Early Look

    The 2018 Farm Bill is expiring and work has begun on the 2023 Farm Bill that could well spend $1 trillion. Mississippi rice farmer and chair of the USA Rice Farm Policy Task Force Kirk Satterfield joins the podcast to talk about how today’s Farm Bill worked when it was written, but that it has not kept up with the times. The work has just begun, but the phrase on everyone’s lips should be “input cost conditions.”
    With special guest:
    Kirk Satterfield, Mississippi rice farmer
    Hosted by:
    Michael Klein and Lesley Dixon

    • 35 min
    Imposters Among Us

    Imposters Among Us

    Rice pretenders invaded supermarket shelves, establishing a beachhead with minced cauliflower. Now chickpeas, lentils, peas, and other assorted not rice things have joined in. If they didn’t call themselves “rice” we would be cool. But they do, so we aren’t. We taste test some rice pretenders and are joined by Chris Galen from the National Milk Producers Federation who shares his wisdom, gained from weathering the decades long, all-out assault on real milk from nuts, plants, and other non-lactating things.
    With special guests:
    Christopher Galen, SVP, Membership Services & Strategic Initiatives, National Milk Producers Federation and Cameron Jacobs, Director Domestic Promotion, USA Rice
    Hosted by:
    Michael Klein and Lesley Dixon

    • 56 min
    Rice Breeding for Latin America

    Rice Breeding for Latin America

    Combined, the countries of Latin America are the second largest export market for U.S. rice. Changes in consumer preference and U.S. quality (real and perceived) has put U.S. rice behind. But many are working hard to respond to customer demands. Enter rice breeders Dr. Adam Famoso and Raul Guerra from the LSU AgCenter and Sarah Moran, vice president of international for USA Rice. Michael and Lesley also somehow bring it around to Oreos, Kraft Mac & Cheese, and Classic Coke. It’s what they do.
    With special guests:
    Dr. Adam Famoso, Rice Breeder, LSU AgCenter, Raul Guerra, Rice Breeding Graduate Student, LSU AgCenter and Sarah Moran, Vice President, International, USA Rice
    Hosted by:
    Steve Linscombe, Michael Klein and Lesley Dixon

    • 54 min
    Climate Change – Part Three of Five – Policy

    Climate Change – Part Three of Five – Policy

    Part 3 of our Climate Change series looks at climate policy. In this episode we’re joined by Steve Dyokas, Senior Advisor in the State Department’s Office of Global Change, to talk about the global AIM for Climate initiative. We talk about climate-smart commodities with Robert Bonnie, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. And Arkansas rice farmer Mark Isbell offers a grower perspective on what he thinks makes good climate ag policy.
    With special guests:
    Steven Dyokas, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Change, Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Mark Isbell, Arkansas rice farmer
    Hosted by: Michael Klein and Lesley Dixon

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

DryCreekFarm ,

The Rice Stuff

Great information and in an enjoyable format. Enjoy it every time.

InlandCapeRice ,

Diverse and Informative

Great listen to stay up to date on current events in the rice industry. Quality information for a consumer wanting to learn more about US Grown Rice or an expert within the industry!

NiceRiceGuy ,

Top shelf

Thoroughly enjoyed E2: Had always thought of rice as water-intensive. Good to know the industry and technology are advancing other, less-water-use intensive. Plus, processing / milling efforts.

Looking forward to more discussions of biodiversity.

Very helpful to us rice aficionados! More sustainability coverage!

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