Aug 04, 2017
STUTTGART, AR -- The University of Arkansas held its annual rice expo and field day here today, and USA Rice staff joined several hundred rice farmers and industry members to highlight research, discuss industry issues, and to celebrate everything rice just before harvest begins in the area.
In addition to field tours, the expo featured a trade show and research seminars showcasing the latest rice products and varieties. The keynote address was delivered by former U.S. Congressman Charlie Stenhom of Texas who discussed the many challenges in passing a new farm bill and balancing the federal budget.
The Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board also met yesterday, and USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward provided updates on USA Rice domestic and international activities, and talked about some of the new players in key positions in Washington, DC.
“The expo had a great turnout this year,” said Arkansas Rice Federation Chairman Jeff Rutledge. “This speaks volumes about the quality of the programming and research done by the University of Arkansas.”