USA Rice Represented at the China International Rice Festival

China Rice Festival, 3 men wearing suits stand in front of bright blue banner w/Chinese character writing
Dr. Walker (center) receives warm welcome at Rice Festival
Oct 17, 2018
HARBIN, CHINA -- Dr. Tim Walker, general manager at Horizon, Ag. LLC, represented USA Rice and the U.S. rice industry at the China International Rice Festival and 2nd International Rice Forum held here last week.  

Invited by Professor Jian Xie, Deputy Secretary of the Rice Branch of the China National Association of the Grains Sector (CNAGS), Dr. Walker was among featured speakers from Thailand, Japan, India, Egypt, and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.  

“I greatly appreciate USA Rice putting their faith in me to represent our interests in China,” said Walker.  “I was honored by the warm welcome and hospitality I received while in Harbin, and look forward with excitement to the time when our safe, nutritious, and abundant source of U.S. rice is served on the plates of our friends in China.”

Walker introduced the U.S. rice industry to a Chinese audience of more than a thousand, represented by commercial companies and government agencies, and experts in all aspects of rice research, from plant breeders to retail brand managers.

“USA Rice is remaining engaged in China and is building relationships with the Rice Branch of the CNAGS so that when the trade war ends and U.S. rice gains final market access, the U.S. rice industry will be poised to take advantage of export opportunities that we have worked hard to create,” said Jim Guinn.

Guinn added, “We would like to thank Dr. Walker for his efforts in building relationships that will provide future benefits to the U.S. rice industry.”