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Arkansas Rice Expo on Friday, August 7th
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

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The Arkansas Rice Expo opens at 8 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 U.S. 165 in Stuttgart, AR.  There is no cost to attend and the event ends with a catfish lunch.  Fields tours of research plots, food demonstrations, and family fun are all part of the expo, a salute by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to rice production in Arkansas.

This year’s event features breakout sessions that focus on issues looming large in the rice industry, including the implications of rice trade with Cuba, marketing rice, and managing barnyardgrass.  Expo-goers will get an up close and personal look at the work being done for the rice industry by Division researchers, who will be leading field tours.  Event attendees with problems in the garden or landscape can take advantage of the plant disease clinic by bringing samples for diagnosis.  There will also be a feral hog exhibit, food preservation clinic, equipment display, and an update on crop application technologies.

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Schedule of Events:

8:00 a.m.  Registration / Exhibits Open / Rice Centerpiece Contest Begins / Rice Recipe Contestants Check-In

8:15 a.m.  Field Tours Begin

8:30 a.m.  Food Preservation Demonstrations / Rice Recipe Contest Judging

9:00 a.m.  Horticulture Seminars Begin / Rice Centerpiece Contest Judging

9:30 a.m.  Rice Cooking Demonstrations / Irrigation Demonstration

10:30 a.m.  Awards Presentations


Field Tours at the Rice Research & Extension Center

(Buses leave the Grand Prairie Center at 8:15, 8:45, and 9:15 a.m.)

Stop 1 – Arkansas Rice Breeding Update, Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, UA Division of Agriculture

Stop 1 – Louisiana Rice Breeding Update, Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter

Stop 2 – Flood-Tolerant Soybeans, Dr. Pengyin Chen, UA Division of Agriculture

Stop 2 – AR Soybean Update, Dr. Jeremy Ross, UA Division of Agriculture

Stop 3 – New Weed Control Technologies, Dr. Jason Norsworthy, UA Division of Agriculture

Stop 3 – AR Rice Update, Dr. Jarrod Hardke, UA Division of Agriculture


Ag Breakout Sessions

Session 1

9:00 a.m.  Rice Marketing with a Cuban flavor, Terry Harris, Riceland Foods

9:45 a.m.  Market Outlook, Keith Glover, Producers Rice

Session 2

Walk-In Disease Clinic, UA Division of Agriculture plant pathologists Drs. Terry Kirkpatrick, Terry Spurlock, Travis Faske, and Yeshi Wamishe

Session 3

9:00 & 10:00 a.m.  Barnyardgrass, Dr. Bob Scott, UA Division of Agriculture


General Session

10:55 a.m.  Welcome, Dr. Chuck Wilson, Director, Rice Research & Extension Center

11:00 a.m.  Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Dr. Mark Cochran, Vice President for Agriculture, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

11:05 a.m.  Keynote Speaker, The Honorable Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas

11:30 a.m.  Remarks from the General Assembly, The Honorable Jonathan Dismang, Senate President Pro Tempore, and The Honorable David Hillman, member of the House of Representatives, District 13

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

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