ARLINGTON, VA – Already the premier rice event in North America, the USA Rice Outlook Conference is working on expanding offerings for attendees in 2017. USA Rice is exploring adding programming that would provide participants Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A just-released survey to members, including past and prospective attendees, will help gauge interest in specific topics.
“This year’s conference is in San Antonio and there is so much room available to us at the refurbished convention center we thought this would be a great opportunity to turn large meeting rooms into classrooms, bring in qualified presenters, and offer programming that helps our members improve their bottom lines,” said Michael Klein, vice president of marketing, communications, and domestic promotion for USA Rice. “The first question is, ‘would you take advantage of CEUs?’ Then we describe a bunch of possible courses and ask survey respondents to share ideas we may have missed.”
Klein said everything from crop consulting and nutrient management to understanding the futures market and keeping your office organized is on the table.
“There’s no limit to the topics we could offer attendees,” he said. “But it would be very helpful if members would take about 10 minutes to fill out the survey to help us prioritize the options.”
Klein added that there’s a section where survey respondents can recommend a person or company to be a presenter at the conference. The survey can be found here
and will be kept open until the end of the month.
The 2017 USA Rice Outlook Conference will be held December 10-12 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.