Rice Featured at North Louisiana Ag Expo for 35th Consecutive Year

They've got all the rice answers (from left): Charles Precht, Jr.; Paul Johnson; Eric Unkel; Mary Jemison; and Jimmy Hoppe.

They've got all the rice answers (from left): Charles Precht, Jr.;
Paul Johnson; Eric Unkel; Mary Jemison; and Jimmy Hoppe.

WEST MONROE, LA -- Nearly 11,000 people attended the 35th annual North Louisiana AgExpo here on January 13-14.  Visitors to the Louisiana Rice Council (LARC) booth received sample bags of Louisiana-grown rice, provided by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association, for correctly answering questions about rice.  Attendees also enjoyed a cup of red beans and rice, courtesy of the Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association, and USA Rice staff distributed recipe brochures, nutrition information, and rice-facts sheets.  

LARC members President Eric Unkel, Vice President Charles Precht, Jr., Paul Johnson, and Jimmy Hoppe manned the booth along with USA Rice field staff Mary and Randy Jemison.

Jimmy Hoppe noted that the Louisiana Rice Council has promoted U.S.-grown rice every year since the beginning of the exposition.  "I was in my third year as president of the Louisiana Rice Council when the show began," said Hoppe.  "Throughout the years we have reached hundreds of thousands of people with the U.S. rice message."

The Expo was established by the North Louisiana Agribusiness Council to educate citizens about the regional and state impact of agriculture.