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Join our rice webinar on Thursday, July 27
Author: Bobby Coats, Professor of Economics

By Bobby Coats, Professor of Agricultural Economics

Food and agribusiness webinarJoin us on Thursday, July 27, 2017 for the latest in the Food and Agribusiness Webinar Series where the discussions will include the U.S. rice supply and projected prices with Dr. Nathan Childs, ag economist with USDA’s economic research service, as well as a rice crop update from Extension rice agronomist Dr. Jarrod Hardke.  To register for the webinar, simply follow the link:  You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session once registered.

New Rice Webinar:
Date and Time: Thursday July 27, 2017 2:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)
Connect with Computer or Smartphone by Internet or Dial-in and Listen by Phone

Host: Dr. Bobby Coats, Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service. E-mail:

Producer: Mary Poling, Coordinator for Interactive Communications, University of Arkansas System Division of Ag, Cooperative Extension Service, E-mail:

Topic: U.S. Rice Supplies Expected to Tighten in 2017/18; U.S. Prices Projected Higher (45 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Nathan Childs, Agricultural Economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service

Description: The June NASS Acreage report indicated a 20-percent decline in U.S. harvested rice area in 2017/18 to 2.5 million acres. Assuming trend yields, the U.S. rice crop is projected to drop 15 percent from a year earlier to 191.3 million cwt, pulling total supplies down 11 percent. Both domestic use and exports are projected to contract in response to the tighter supplies and resulting higher prices. Despite smaller use, U.S. stocks are expected to drop to a more normal level after three consecutive years of abnormally high ending stocks. Globally, rice trade is expected to increase, with China remaining the largest rice importer and India and Thailand remaining the largest exporters. Global rice stocks are projected to increase to the highest level since 2001/02.

Topic: Arkansas Rice Crop Update – (10 – 15 minutes)

Presenter: Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Associate Professor and State Rice Extension Agronomist, Crop, Soil & Environmental Science Department, University of Arkansas System-Division of Agriculture

Webinar Registration Link:



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