The award, which honors individuals who make valuable contributions to the U.S. rice industry, was presented in December during the 2003 Rice Outlook Conference in Biloxi. It is sponsored by Rice Farming Magazine, Syngenta and the USA Rice Federation.

The awards committee recognized Dr. Saichuk for his outstanding work in bringing Extension programs to rice producers in Louisiana and helping deliver the latest in agricultural research to farmers.

Saichuk oversees the LSU AgCenter’s rice verification program – an ongoing effort in which selected rice fields are monitored and farmers get advice on overcoming problems as they occur.

Saichuk works out of the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station in Crowley, but spends much of his time on the road, walking rice fields and advising farmers.