USA Rice Outlook Conference & Trade Show

December 8–10, 2019  | Little Rock, AR

This year’s Outlook Conference is going to be the biggest and best conference yet featuring exciting speakers, outstanding learning sessions, and a trade show bringing the newest and most promising innovations to attendees.

Session topics will include robotics and artificial intelligence on the farm, breaking into or expanding your e-commerce platform, best conservation practices, food and farm trends, farm safety, data management, managing stress, and much much more.

Mark your calendar and watch for announcements in the USA Rice Daily, on this website, and on our social media channels.
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Attendee Registration

Make sure the USA Rice Outlook Conference is on your calendar, December 8 – 10, 2019. 

Conference Site & Hotel

Little Rock Marriott
3 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201

Statehouse Convention Center
1 Statehouse Plaza
Little Rock, AR 72201

Sponsors & Exhibitors 

View our offering of exciting sponsor and exhibitor packages that allow companies to communicate directly to the rice audience in creative and impactful ways. 

For information on exhibiting or sponsoring, email Jenni Bryant.

USA Rice Outlook News

Group shot of audience at Outlook Innovation Stage
Innovation Stage is the conference hub
Dec 10, 2018
SAN DIEGO, CA – With four separate venues to choose from – the Innovation Stage, Sustainability Theater, Farm & Food Forum, and the Business Hall – attendees at Day Two of this year’s USA Rice Outlook conference could choose from a long list of breakout sessions to customize their educational experience and make the most of every moment at this year’s event.

State outlook and research reports, and breakout sessions covering sustainability, estate planning, and a discussion on the Central American market in the early morning made way for two general sessions, one in the morning, and one after lunch, to round out the day-long schedule.

Josh Hankins, USA Rice director for grower relations & rice stewardship partnership, started the morning General Session with an overview of the new USA Rice-developed search tool that helps rice farmers find conservation programs that provide some form of assistance to their operation.  Users can search by state, program type, topic, funding authority, or keyword to find the programs that fit individual needs.

Keynote speaker, Daniel Stone, a writer on environmental science, agriculture, and botany, shared the fascinating story of American food spy David Fairchild who introduced hundreds of crops to Americans including avocados, seedless grapes, soybeans, and other favorites, essentially shaping the way Americans eat today.

Tried and true conference headliners, Nathan Childs and Jim Wiesemeyer bookended the afternoon general session.  Along with his usual analysis of rice production projections, Senior USDA Economist Nathan Childs talked about the cheap Chinese rice currently being exported into Puerto Rico.  According to Childs, China is selling at less than half the U.S. price in an effort to deplete their more than 200 million tons of stockpiled rice.  Wiesemeyer closed out the conference with his insights on the new Congress and what it means to ag-related issues, including the farm bill, energy, and trade.

“This year it was about being in the right place at the right time and all that depended on your personal preferences,” said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward.  “The wide range of topics and time slots allowed for an individualized approach to scheduling – like putting together a complete meal from an a la carte menu.”

Persons requiring special accommodations or having any dietary restrictions to attend or participate in this conference should contact Jeanette Davis at (703) 236-1447, or e-mail no later than Nov. 29, 2019.

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.