Health & Safety

We all have a role to play in the mitigation of risk at the 2021 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The safety of all participants remains our top priority.  We will provide regular updates on what local, state, and federal authorities are recommending to provide a safe meeting environment.  We will communicate our on-site policies to registered attendees prior to the event and will post signage throughout the event space to keep you informed of all changes.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Event Code of Conduct

By registering and participating in the 2021 USA Rice Outlook Conference you are agreeing to adhere to the Event Code of Conduct.  This is a simple collection of rules and regulations that include what is and is not acceptable or expected behavior for our event.

Before Leaving Home

You agree not to attend the USA Rice Outlook Conference in-person if, at the time of the event:

  • You have been diagnosed with COVID and are in your isolation period.
  • You have symptoms associated with COVID (such as fever, cough, loss of smell or taste, etc.).
  • Within the prior 14 days you were in close contact with someone who had COVID, unless you are fully vaccinated or had COVID in the 90 days prior to the exposure.

At the Event

The USA Rice Outlook Conference will be held consistent with applicable COVID restrictions and you agree to follow all COVID safety measures established by the CDC, the state of Louisiana, the City of New Orleans and any requirements established by any facility utilized as part of this event.  

  • Agree to wear a mask or facial covering, if required by CDC, state, city, or hotel rules.  Please note, the City of New Orleans has lifted its mask mandate, however, all unvaccinated individuals over the age of 2 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while in public indoor spaces.
  • Agree to provide Proof of Vaccination (at least one shot of an approved COVID vaccine) or a negative PCR, molecular, or antigen test (not more than 72 hours old),  if required by the hotel or outside venues where USA Rice will be holding events.
  • Adhere to social distance protocols put in place and respect others’ personal space.  
  • Agree to have your temperature taken before entering the meeting/event venue, if required by the hotel or outside venues where USA rice will be holding events.
  • Go to/remain in your hotel room if you feel unwell or are experiencing flu‐like symptoms.
  • Failure to adhere to the Code of Conduct could result in your dismissal from the 2021 USA Rice Outlook Conference without a refund.  


  • Based on current contact tracing advice from many health authorities, if you test positive for COVID‐19 up to 14 days after returning home, please contact Jeanette Davis, to advise us.

Hotel Procedures

The health and safety of guests and team members is the number one priority for the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.   Click the links below to view the protocol and steps the hotel will be taking during this time and their commitment to us all while at the hotel.

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.