By Deborah Willenborg, USA Rice
ARLINGTON, VA -- Dr. Steve Linscombe recently retired from the Louisiana State University Rice Research Center after 35 years of service but he's certainly not retiring from the U.S. rice industry because, as of October 1, Steve is the new director of The Rice Foundation.
As director, Steve will work with the Foundation's board to identify and support research projects that ultimately ensure the long-term sustainability and future competitiveness of U.S. rice. He also will be in charge of the Foundation's education programs including the wildly successful Rice Leadership Program.
"The U.S. rice research community has a very positive view of The Rice Foundation," said Steve. "Most of the research organizations have used Foundation funds to support very important research projects that benefit producers, processors, and end users as well as consumers."
Steve concluded, "I hope to help The Foundation continue to be a valuable partner to the U.S. rice industry and I believe my close working relationship with the U.S. research community will be an asset in this effort."
"The timing of Steve's retirement from LSU and the job opening at The Rice Foundation could not have been more fortuitous," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. "Steve's reputation as a leader in our industry is unprecedented and I am so pleased he wants to keep having an impact by taking on this new responsibility."