Session I - Texas & Louisiana Gulf Coast Rice Areas 

Late March or early April – Year 1
  • Orientation to industry and organizational structures
  • River logistics and mid-stream loading facilities in the Mississippi River and the Port of Lake Charles
  • Rice production, milling, research, promotion, and marketing in the Gulf Coast rice-growing areas

Session II - Arkansas, Mississippi & Midwest

Late June – Year 1
  • Observe and discuss area rice production, milling, marketing and research
  • Improve communication skills - business etiquette, public speaking, media training
  • Visit John Deere World Headquarters

Session III – California

September – Year 2
  • Discuss agricultural and environmental issues in California
  • Rice production, harvesting, milling, marketing and research
  • Observe various water systems in rice producing areas of California 

Session IV - Washington, DC

February – Year 3
  • Discuss industry issues with regulatory and governmental agencies (USDA, FAS, EPA, etc.)
  • Bipartisan discussions with key legislative contacts
  • Graduation