Conference programming is carefully curated to offer a tangible benefit to attendees.  We have exciting speakers and outstanding educational sessions that will make your time spent in New Orleans truly impactful to you, to your bottom line, and to your business.

General Session I

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Keynote Dan Gardner

Risk Management & Forecasting | Award-winning Journalist | Bestselling Author
Risk Perception and Misperception – We sometimes worry about things we shouldn’t and don’t worry about things we should. Worse, we dismiss clear evidence that our risk perceptions are off the mark and we act in ways that may leave us poorer, unhealthier, and less safe.

In this stimulating and entertaining presentation, Dan Gardner shows the explanation lies in our brain and the ancient environment that shaped it. The good news? Understanding how psychology can lead us astray is the first step to catching our mistakes about risk and making smarter decisions.

General Session II

Nathan Childs & Jim Wiesemeyer

Childs will present current USDA forecasts for the U.S. and global rice markets, explaining economic factors driving production, use, trade, and price.  Wiesemeyer will do a deep dive on what the political climate in Washington means for agriculture.
Nathan Childs

Nathan Childs, USDA/ERS

Jim Wiesemeyer

Jim Wiesemeyer, Pro Farmer

Education Sessions

This year we are offering more than 9 hours of educational programming during the conference.  Below are a few highlights.  Other session topics include: The Future of Conservation, Consumer Trends in Rice Consumption, A Macro Economic Look at Rice and Ag Markets, The Master Farmer Program, Climate Change and Carbon Credits Markets, Cyber Security for Mills, State Research and Outlook Reports, and much more!

Emerging Technologies in Rice Production

A look at new technology across many areas that is impacting U.S. rice production, including hardware on equipment, data harvesting, data management, software programs, new crop protectant chemicals, fertilization, application technology, and more.
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Ward Bloodworth, Helena

Aromatic Imports, the Market, & Opportunity for U.S. Rice

Fragrant rice imports to the U.S. continue to grow, driven largely by a fast-growing ethnic population. But does this trend present an opportunity for domestically-grown fragrant rices.
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Tanner Ehmke, CoBank

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Milo Hamilton, FirstGrain

Transportation, Infrastructure, and Logistics

Coming off record-setting natural disasters, a global pandemic, and shifting markets, the transportation sector is going through massive changes. Our expert panel will look at what happened and what lies ahead.
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Rice Quality Symposium

Over the past decade, U.S. rice breeders have begun to pay more attention to the quality characteristics requested by Latin American rice importers. Rice breeders from six public research institutions and three private companies will share the results of their recent, elite lines that meet the chalk, length and stickiness levels requested by consumers in our largest export markets.
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State Outlook and Research Reports

Rice researchers will share the latest cutting edge research they are working on and provide personalized outlook for the rice industry in their states in these Can’t Miss Sessions!

Persons requiring special accommodations or having any dietary restrictions to attend or participate in this conference should contact Jeanette Davis at (240) 682-0059, or e-mail no later than Dec. 1, 2021.

USA Rice is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  USA Rice does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital/family status or political beliefs.