USA Rice Farm & Mill Tour Receives Professional Accreditation; Headed for Crowley

By Deborah Willenborg, USA Rice

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ARLINGTON, VA -- This month USA Rice's Foodservice Farm & Mill Tour program received official accreditation by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  With this accreditation, the annual tour is recognized as a continuing professional education program where registered dietitians can earn up to 10 credits. 

"This accreditation is a significant mark of achievement for the Farm & Mill Tour program," said Cameron Jacobs, USA Rice manager of domestic promotion.  "The goal of these tours has always been to educate influencers in the foodservice marketplace about the farm to table story of U.S.-grown rice and by targeting dietitians through their required continuing learning credits, we will gain another champion in the kitchen to encourage operators to start innovating with U.S grown rice."  

The accreditation comes at an opportune time for USA Rice.  With new menu labeling laws going into effect this month, many national chains and contract management companies are depending on dietitians to help them meet these regulations as well as address the changing consumer demand for better-for-you offerings. 

"Accreditation gives our already outstanding Farm & Mill Tour a significant advantage when recruiting high profile decision-making attendees," said USA Rice Vice President of Domestic Promotion Michael Klein.  "We will be covering food trends and nutrition and consumer data in much greater detail now, in addition to showing attendees how rice is grown and milled, and if the weather cooperates, they will get to see firsthand the 2018 U.S. jasmine crop that we believe will be a game changer for the foodservice industry."

The 2018 Foodservice Farm & Mill tour will take place in Crowley, Louisiana during the second week of August.