ARLINGTON, VA – With the 2018 USA Rice Outlook Conference just one week away registration rates are set to rise again – increasing another $25 for on-site registration. Additionally, the raffle to win the Think Rice Road Trip Truck has been capped at 1,000 tickets and they are moving thanks to a Twitter and Instagram ad blitz launched this week. The conference takes place at the Marriott Marquis Marina in San Diego, California from December 5-7.
“We have great speakers and sessions lined up covering everything from grain bin safety and spray drift mitigation, to the Trump trade agenda and the future of retail,” said USA Rice Chairman and California farmer Charley Mathews, Jr. “And of course, we’re going to be spending a lot of time learning about sustainability and conservation practices that are being utilized on farms and in mills right now.”
Another highlight of the largest annual rice-specific gathering in North America is the Awards Luncheon. Rice Farming Magazine, along with Horizon Ag and USA Rice will present the Rice Farmer of the Year, Rice Industry, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. USA Rice and Corteva Agriscience will award the National Rice Month Scholarship, the new Rice Leadership Development class will be announced, and more.
The conference Exhibit Hall is home to several receptions and meals and features the Innovation Stage. Attendees will also be able to see the Think Rice Road Trip truck freshly back from a 5,000-mile promotional tour that started in Louisiana two months ago. The truck is being raffled off with the winning ticket being pulled during the third General Session – but the winner does not need to be present. Tickets are $75 for one, $200 for three, or $350 for five, but no more than 1,000 tickets will be sold.
“If folks haven’t yet registered for the conference, I urge them to do it now before rates rise again, and whether you are attending or not, you should buy a truck raffle ticket because those odds are hard to beat,” Mathews said.
Full conference information and schedules can be found here and truck raffle tickets and rules can be found here.