Arkansas Rice to Hold Annual Meeting Feb. 5 in Jonesboro

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Arkansas Rice Council, Farmers to Hold Annual Meeting Feb. 5 in Jonesboro

New Farm Policies and Women’s Event Among Program Items

Little Rock, Ark. – The Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers will hold their annual meeting and trade show Friday, February 5, at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro beginning at 9:00 a.m.

U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward and USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward will start the program, which will focus on research developments and policies affecting the rice industry.

“The Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting keeps our industry up to date with the latest developments that will impact growing seasons in 2016 and beyond,” Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Ben Noble said. “We’ll cover new farm bill policies and water issues, as well farm programs and the growing role of women in agriculture.”

Women who grow rice or otherwise support their family farms will get special focus this year, with a dedicated session highlighting opportunities available to take a more active role in the agriculture industry.

Steve “Wildman” Wilson with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will serve as the master of ceremonies. The meeting kicks off with the industry trade show before beginning the main program.

RiceProgramSchedule1The Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting is sponsored in part by Delta Plastics. Interested individuals and sponsors may register online at or call 501.375.1100. Registered attendees will be automatically entered to win a Big Green Egg provided by Greenway Equipment. Attendees are encouraged to engage on social media using #ARrice16.