Big River Rice & Grain Welcome New Lake Providence Manager

Matt Muse

Matt Muse, Lake Providence Facility Manager, Big River Rice and Grain

Big River Rice and Grain welcomes Matt Muse to the team as the new Lake Providence facility manager. Muse will use his deep understanding of the industry as a former producer to serve the needs of the Lake Providence community.

In 2012, Muse graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in aviation management. Muse soon discovered that the airplane world wasn’t for him, so he returned to his roots, the Lake Providence community, where his family has farmed for two generations. Big River recognized Muse as someone who understands the business and respects the people who know the region best. He’s a valuable asset to the team and community.

“Matt is well-known, well-liked and well-trusted in the community. He just has a great, outgoing personality,” said Steve Henderson, Big River Rice and Grain’s VP of operations. Henderson also has a strong confidence in Muse’s decision-making skills. “He has been a producer himself and that experience has forced him to know how to make tough decisions.”

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Soybean Export Warning

As many of our producers have no doubt heard or read in trade news, the country’s largest grain handlers have declared they will reject deliveries of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans due to a lack of approval from the European Union.

While Monsanto has stated that it expects EU approval very soon, Big River Rice & Grain will not accept Xtend soybeans at this time since the majority of our region’s crop is sent overseas.

The U.S. Soybean Export Council and American Soybean Association have both publicly indicated that Monsanto is working on a plan for domestic use of this crop, so we advise you work with your local seed vendor for the latest information if you have chosen to grow Xtend soybeans this season.


Big River Rice & Grain Hosts Community 5K Race to Donate to the JDRF

5K_LogoOn Saturday, May 7, more than 120 runners gathered at Poverty Point State Park in Delhi, Louisina, to participate in the second annual Big River Rice & Grain 5K Race. The event, which also included a one-mile fun run, raised $5,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“Hosting events like the 5K race that involve the community are important because our producers and our customers are also our friends,”  said Jeremy Raley, Big River Rice & Grain’s director of merchandising. “The majority of Big River employees were born and raised in northeast Louisiana, and now continue to live here. Therefore, it is Big River’s responsibility to help our community and give back to a cause that personally affects our customers and friends.”

Raley and the rest of the Big River team decided to donate this year’s proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) because of the personal connection the juvenile diabetes cause has to the community: one of Big River’s customers’ son is a seven-year-old boy with diabetes who is heavily involved with JDRF.

“There are so many people in the Big River community who have diabetes or know someone that has it,” said Raley. “Big River is honored to have helped raise awareness for a good cause.”