SACRAMENTO, CA – This week, USA Rice Chairman Dow Brantley traveled to California to meet with members of the rice industry and attend the annual California Rice Experiment Station Field Day in Biggs.
In addition to the field day, Brantley and USA Rice President & CEO, Betsy Ward attended the 8th annual The Rice Trader (TRT) Americas Conference held in Sacramento yesterday. Ward joined California Rice Commission (CRC) CEO Tim Johnson and President of the Northern California Water Association David Guy as panelists on the “Politics, Water, Rice and the Future” panel during the general session. Ward provided an overview of USA Rice’s activities and mission, particularly updates on international promotions for several export markets, farm policy and conservation efforts, and changes to the USA Rice communication resources.
Following the panel, Brantley and Ward, along with the CRC Executive Committee and CRC Committee Chairs, provided updates relative to the California rice industry, specifically the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and the China phytosanitary protocol.
Brantley, a rice farmer from Arkansas, shared his enthusiasm for this trip, saying “it’s really been a privilege to learn about the California rice industry firsthand while I’ve been in the state.” He added “knowing that many challenges California faces are shared by their colleagues in the south will only strengthen and further unify the U.S. rice industry.”