Louisiana Rice Industry Meetings Tuesday

By Randy Jemison

KINDER, LA -- Louisiana rice industry stakeholders will receive the latest information on issues impacting the industry in series of meetings scheduled Tuesday.
The Annual Joint Membership meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and the Louisiana Rice Growers Association will be held on Tuesday, February 7, at the Grand Marais Center, 919 North Lake Arthur Avenue, Jennings, LA 70546.  A reception hosted by Louisiana Rice Political Action Committee and a trade show begins at 4 p.m. with the meeting program following at 5:45 p.m.  Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will be the featured speaker and dinner will be served.  In addition to an up-to-the-minute report by USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward on what the changes in Washington, DC, will mean to rice, Michael Klein, USA Rice vice president of marketing and communications, will highlight promotion activities in the domestic market.  

On Wednesday, February 8, the Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association hold their annual rice forum at 9:00 a.m. at the Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, LA.  In addition to receiving the latest rice production recommendations from LSU AgCenter scientists, USA Rice staff will repeat the reports presented in Jennings the day before.  The forum begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and ends with lunch.  For more information, contact Keith Collins, (318) 728-3216.