Jan 24, 2018
MONROE, LA -- This past weekend, the Louisiana Rice Council, along with USA Rice and the North East Louisiana Rice Growers Association (NELA) attended the 2018 North Louisiana Ag Expo here. Held each year at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, this event welcomes several thousand visitors to experience all things agriculture, including the Ag Alley Mini Farm, educational seminars, a junior livestock show, and a trade show.
Louisiana Rice Council President Eric Unkel, along with growers Jimmy Hoppe, Charles Precht, and Kent Brown, greeted visitors over the two-day event with USA Rice staff lending a hand to keep up with the crowds.
The “rice aisle” is one of the more popular spots in the trade show as many folks start at the NELA Rice Growers booth where they are treated to a cup of red beans and rice, and then proceed to the Rice Council booth to meet the “Rice Men and Lady” that includes USA Rice’s Mary Jemison.
Young and old alike spend a few minutes visiting, gathering the latest recipe brochures, registering for the hourly door prize drawing, and of course, getting a one-pound bag of Louisiana-grown rice after answering a quick trivia question about rice. That one, simple question makes a lasting impression as many repeat visitors can tell you the question they had the year before.
As they move on to the next booth, you hear the ”thank you’s,” and “we’ll see you next year,” as they place the rice in their tote bags. And for the Rice Men and Lady, they know everyone walks away with THINK RICE on their mind!