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McKenzie wins prestigious award at California Rice Field Day

McKenzie wins prestigious award at California Rice Field Day

Hundreds of growers and industry officials gathered in Biggs today, for the annual Rice Field Day at the California Rice Experiment Station (RES) in Biggs.

A highlight was Dr. Kent McKenzie winning this year’s California Rice Industry Award.

In his more than 30 years of service, Kent oversaw many advancements for our industry. He was hired as a plant breeder at the RES in 1988 and was promoted to station director in 2000. 

Congratulations Kent on this well-deserved honor!

)Photographed Above: Kent and Kathryn McKenzie)

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Remembering Bill Huffman, 1945-2021

Remembering Bill Huffman, 1945-2021

With great sadness, we share the news of Bill Huffman’s passing on August 3, 2021 after years of struggling with ALS. 

Bill was a fixture in the industry during his 33 years of service to Farmers’ Rice Cooperative. He was an encyclopedia of industry knowledge and made it his life’s work to advance California rice. Bill made an effort to befriend everyone he ran into whether a politician or a doorman. After a few minutes of banter he figured out that he likely knew someone they knew. Bill loved politics and always a gentleman. Ever quick with a joke or a prank, he will be missed.