The talk of the day among rice farmers is Iraq’s decision not to buy U.S. rice, a stinging move that adds to a stressful year punctuated by drought.
Thousands of Texas rice farmers are likely to be affected by action taken in response to one of the most severe droughts in state history.
The Longhorns start the 2011 season at home against Rice on Saturday night. Texas is in search of a big turnaround after a 5-7 finish last season just one year after playing for the national championship.
Rice held off SMU in the final moments for a 58-57 victory in the first round of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday night.
The 16th annual Conference USA Tournament is slated to kick off Wednesday from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Cory Joseph scored 14 points and Jordan Hamilton added 13 points as 20th-ranked Texas held off Rice, 62-59.