RiceTec Launches 2021 Seed Sales


RiceTec brings new products and super loyalty to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

 Jonesboro, AR (Oct. 7, 2020) – RiceTec launches the 2021 sales season with an all-star line-up of products, including two FullPage™ products that showed positive results in 2020 harvest and a limited supply of a new low chalk option.

Two FullPage™ products are on sale for 2021: RT7321 FP, which has shown a +25%* yield advantage versus CL153, and combined with a superior disease package, growers have seen improved grain retention and excellent ratoon potential. Second, as part of the new generation of high-yielding RiceTec products, RT7521 FP delivers excellent yield potential and the ability to spread out harvest with a slightly later maturity of 117 days.

“FullPage™ products have exceeded expectations in the fields and we’ve seen impressive tolerance from Preface on our FullPage products too,” said Van McNeely, RiceTec Director of Sales and Technical Services. “Supplies have also increased for 2021 planting and based on grower experiences in 2020, we expect the largest volume increase in RT7321 FP and RT7521 FP.”

Responding to demand, and acting on successful research, RiceTec will now offer a lower chalk seed option. RT7401 will be available at introductory levels and yields similar to XP753.

Additionally, the conventional XP753 has continued to provide growers with the greatest net income potential of any competitive rice product in the marketplace. This product also proves to administer consistent performance in any environment.

Another option for growers looking for an alternative conventional product is the high-yielding RT7301, which challenges the Diamond product with more than +22%* yield advantage at a lower price point. Growers have also seen excellent ratoon potential and superior disease resistance in this product.

RiceTec is also expanding its loyalty program by adding a Super Loyalty Rebate for growers to earn additional opportunities on rebate programs for planting RiceTec seed over the next three consecutive years.

RiceTec will also continue to offer a seed return policy, a 100% stand guarantee policy and a replant policy, all to achieve maximum customer satisfaction**.

“The 2021 sales season has already kicked-off strong with growers requesting products directly from the combine,” said McNeely. “We encourage clients to place their seed orders early this season.”

Growers can find more information about purchasing RiceTec seed at www.ricetec.com or calling 877-580-7423.



*This is not a guarantee of performance nor a warranty of fitness for a particular use.

**Conventional and FullPage products are eligible.


COVID-19 Statement

Dear RiceTec Customers and Partners,

The health and well-being of our RiceTec customers and employees is top priority. We Care and Respect. We understand there are many challenges that everyone will face with COVID-19, and we’re committed to continuing to be responsive to the needs of our employees, customers and associates.

As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of COVID-19, we are operating under the guidelines of the CDC and have taken the standard actions of additional cleaning, working remotely and suspending non-critical business travel.

Currently, the highest priorities for RiceTec this Spring are:

  1. To ensure our grower/customers get the seed they need to plant their crop.
  2. To ensure we plant the seed crop on time.
  3. To ensure we prioritize and plant the research trials and breeding experiments timely enough to prepare for next year.

We will continue to monitor the evolving situation and we will remain committed to delivering on our mission. Feel free to reach out to your local sales manager or customer service representative as needed.

As always, thank you for being a valuable part of our RiceTec family.

Thank you,

Your dedicated RiceTec team

RiceTec Launches Harvesting Hope


Providing free rice seed to connect growers to their favorite charities

Jonesboro, AR (February 27, 2020) – As a way to extend beyond traditional corporate giving, RiceTec has developed Harvesting Hope, a program that provides growers with free rice seed in exchange for charitable donations. RiceTec customers who sign up for the program and donate one acre of milled rice proceeds to their choice of 501c3 will receive one bag of seed at no charge for the 2021 planting season.

“Harvesting Hope embraces RiceTec’s mission of driving sustainable food production while positively impacting our growers, employees and communities,” said Van McNeely, RiceTec’s Director of Sales and Technical Services. “We’re excited about launching something new that provides our growers the opportunity to choose which charity they support and we’re able to support those charities right alongside them.”

Growers that sign up prior to planting this growing season will be earmarked for a free bag of seed in 2021. There is a limited supply of charitable allocations available and farmers will have their choice of a designated non-HT RiceTec seed or designated FullPage™ seed.

Interested farmers are encouraged to contact their local sales representative for the official Harvesting Hope form. To learn more about RiceTec, visit www.ricetec.com.

RiceTec Donates $150,000 to Ducks Unlimited in Support of Rice Stewardship Partnership

RIDGELAND, Miss. – February 13, 2020– Rice Tec, known for their innovation in hybrid rice seed and production technology, has renewed their support for the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership.

“RiceTec and DU are both focused on solutions for producers that lead to greater on-farm profits, and therefore a more sustainable rice industry,” said Dr. Brian Ottis, Director of Supply Management for RiceTec. “We helped support the launch of Rice Stewardship in 2014 and are proud to renew our commitment today with capacity support of $150,000 through 2022.”

Special funding from RiceTec’s owners, the Royal Family of Liechtenstein and their Liechtenstein Global Trust Foundation, made this next sustainability chapter a reality.

RiceTec’s service areas and DU’s priority conservation landscapes are perfectly aligned across the Gulf Coastal Prairies and the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, two of the most critical wintering areas for waterfowl on the continent. Along the Gulf Coast, rice agriculture provides 42% of the food available to wintering dabbling ducks. RiceTec’s Smart Rice hybrids are the most sustainable rice seed available, producing a better bottom line by increasing yields, escaping disease pressure, and reducing input costs related to irrigation and energy.

For more information, visit www.ducks.org, and be sure to Follow DU’s newest Twitter feed – @DUNews1937 – to get the most up-to-date news from Ducks Unlimited.

About Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the worlds largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.

About Rice Stewardship

The USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership was established in 2013 to conserve three of our nation’s critical natural resources; working ricelands, water, and wetland wildlife. Funders include the USDA NRCS, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Mosaic Company Foundation, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Chevron U.S.A., Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, RiceTec, BASF, American Rice, Inc. – Riviana Foods, Inc., Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, Delta Plastics, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Corteva Agriscience, Entergy, Wells Fargo, Farmers Rice Milling Company, Horizon Ag, Turner’s Creek & Bombay Hook Farms, MacDon Industries, Riceland Foods and Ducks Unlimited major sponsors.

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USA Rice—Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership, Indiana Farmer Rick Clark and Cotton Adviser Andrew Jordan Earn Top Recognition at Field to Market’s 2019 Sustainability Leadership Awards

November 20, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, November 20, 2019 —Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture honored the recipients of the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Awards on the eve of the fifth annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit.

Presented as the capstone of the Alliance’s fall meeting, these awards are given to farmers, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through their efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. commodity crop production. For the first time in 2019, the Alliance expanded its awards program to also celebrate the critical role that trusted advisers—like certified crop advisers, conservation districts specialists, extension agents, Natural Resource Conservation Service field staff and retail agronomists —play in supporting farmers’ journeys of continuous improvement.

The recipients of the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Awards are as follows:

  • 2019 Farmer of the Year: Rick Clark, 5th Generation Farmer, Williamsport, Indiana
Honoring the outstanding contributions of a farmer who is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture through conservation and stewardship efforts on their farm and sharing best practices with their peers, this year’s Farmer of the Year Award recognizes Indiana corn and soy farmer Rick Clark for his leadership and dedication to conservation. As Field to Market’s highest honor for commodity crop producers, this distinctive award celebrates Clark’s commitment to delivering continuous improvement in soil health and related sustainable outcomes.


Clark’s dedication to soil health has resulted in a powerful impact on the sustainability of his operation, and inspired peers and partners in the supply chain to rally around the critical importance of soil health. His pursuit of innovation and passion for conservation is illustrated by a rigorous, systematic approach to maximizing the health of his soil, delivering tangible benefits on his land which will leave a powerful legacy in sustaining future generations of his family.

  • 2019 Collaboration of the Year: USA Rice—Ducks Unlimited’s Rice Stewardship Partnership

Recognizing outstanding collaboration and cross-sector partnership in advancing continuous improvement in sustainable agriculture at the field and landscape level, this year’s Collaboration of the Year Award honors ten Field to Market members involved in the Rice Stewardship Partnership—USA Rice Federation, Ducks Unlimited, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Walmart.org, The Mosaic Company and the Mosaic Foundation, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, RiceTec, BASF, Corteva Agriscience and Riceland Foods, Inc.

Representing unparalleled collaboration that spans the entire rice industry, the Rice Stewardship Partnership supports rice farmers in pursuing continuous improvement in water quality, water quantity and waterfowl habitat protection. By coordinating efforts through all six rice producing states—Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas—this collaboration brings together partners from each of Field to Market’s five membership sectors to provide conservation services and farmer support that enable participating growers to conserve critical natural resources.

  • 2019 Trusted Adviser of the Year: Dr. Andrew Jordan, Consultant and Owner, Jordan Associates

Recognizing outstanding leadership in supporting farmers in their pursuit of continuous improvement, the inaugural Trusted Adviser of the Year Award was awarded to Dr. Andrew Jordan, consultant and owner of Jordan Associates. Widely recognized within the cotton industry as a pioneering sustainability advocate, Dr. Jordan dedicated a 30 year tenure at the National Cotton Council to enabling cotton producers to adopt new technologies and implement more sustainable practices on their farms.

Translating this expertise, he established himself as a trusted adviser not only to farmers but to the wider industry in 2007, championing the importance of documenting and demonstrating continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. cotton, beginning with a pilot project with cotton growers in Louisiana in collaboration with Cotton Incorporated. Most recently, Dr. Jordan has served as a leading adviser on the newly released U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, which leverages Field to Market’s suite of sustainability metrics to enable cotton farmers across the country to deliver sustainable outcomes and contribute to the broader industry’s sustainability story. Dr. Jordan has also contributed significant volunteer efforts overseas to design small scale community water systems for developing countries.

Whether it was by harnessing the power of regenerative practices to harness farming into a force for improving the health of the land and the planet, driving conservation outcomes through unparalleled collaboration to support farmers’ journeys of continuous improvement or dedicating an entire career to supporting cotton farmers to lead on sustainability, this year’s finalists have helped to define leadership in sustainable agriculture and showcase how our food and agriculture system can contribute solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

“Congratulations to our awardees—we know they will continue to be leaders in building an agriculture system that supports resilient ecosystems and enhances farmer livelihoods,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market. “We applaud Rick Clark, Andrew Jordan and the ten Field to Market members involved in the Rice Stewardship Partnership for their deeply rooted commitment to sustainability and for the larger impact they are having in driving conservation at the field, farm and landscape levels.”

The winners of Field to Market’s Sustainability Leadership Awards are selected by the Alliance’s Awards and Recognition Committee. Each recipient demonstrates leadership in the pursuit of continuous improvement, resulting in measurable results and significant impact on both agriculture and the environment.

Learn more about the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Award winners at www.fieldtomarket.org/awards.



Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture brings together a diverse group of grower organizations; agribusinesses; food, beverage, restaurant and retail companies; conservation groups; universities and public sector partners to focus on defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production. Field to Market is comprised of more than 140 members representing all facets of the U.S. agricultural supply chain, with members employing more than 5 million people and representing combined revenues totaling over $1.5 trillion.

RiceTec collaborates with Arkansas State/USDA on groundbreaking rice research

HARRISBURG, AR (August 7, 2019) – RiceTec has provided 5 acres of land to researchers at Arkansas State University and USDA-ARS for a groundbreaking research project aimed at finding genes related to resilience to increasing temperatures.

As climate changes, concerns abound that increases in temperature and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may reduce crop yields. This research is designed to find if rice lines in the US collection have tolerance to high temperatures that breeders can use to incorporate into elite lines and hybrids. For more on this exciting research, see the link.