ARLINGTON, VA – Earlier this summer the annual USA Rice Outlook Conference was cancelled. The gathering of around 1,000 rice industry leaders was scheduled for this week in Austin, Texas, and would have featured, among other things, rice research and outlook reports from the six rice producing states. But even with no major event, the important and popular reports needed to go forward.
“We worked with the presenters at the universities to convert the reports to live webinars which we held last week,” explained USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. “We had great participation with more than 375 people sitting in on the events, and now we’ve made recordings of the presentations available online for those who were unable to view them live.”
The presentations each run about one hour and can be found on the USA Rice website
. Moderated by The Rice Foundation’s Dr. Steve Linscombe, the presentations featured researchers from all six major rice-producing states: Arkansas’ Dr. Jarrod Hardke, California’s Dr. Bruce Linquist, Louisiana’s Drs. Don Groth and Ronnie Levy, Mississippi’s Dr. Brian Mills and Jeffrey Mansour, Missouri’s Dr. Michael Aide, and Texas’ Drs. Joe Outlaw and Ted Wilson.
“These presentations are always among the most popular sessions at our conference, so we were happy to be able to still bring them to the industry,” said Ward. “We appreciate the presenters agreeing to the sessions, and thank our webinar sponsors – National Rice Company, Nutrien, Riceland Foods, Riviana, and Supreme Rice Mill – for making this series possible.”