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Registrations, Sponsorships Still Available for 2017 Arkansas Rice Meeting in Stuttgart

he Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers will hold their annual meeting and trade show Friday, January 27, at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.
Amanda Mathis, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Partnership coordinator, will talk about federal resources that might be new to farmers, and a panel of Arkansas farmers will discuss the inner workings and opportunities of carbon credits. The event will include an industry trade show and conclude with a free catfish lunch for registered attendees, sponsored by Prudential Agricultural Investments.
U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford, Arkansas Agriculture Secretary Wes Ward and USA Rice President and CEO Betsy Ward will all be in attendance for the event, which will focus on providing growers with tools and resources that could positively affect their bottom line.
“The Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting will provide an annual update to our farmers, while also equipping them with additional resources as they prepare for the next growing season,” Arkansas Rice Federation Executive Director Ben Noble said.
If you are interested in attending or sponsoring this year’s meeting, register online at www.arkansasrice.org/annualmeeting/ or call 501.375.1100. The event is sponsored in part by presenting sponsor Greenway Equipment.
Arkansas is the largest rice-growing state in the nation, producing nearly 9 billion pounds annually. This year, Arkansas family farmers will produce over 50 percent of the nation’s rice for the first time in history. Arkansas rice farmers and millers contribute over $6 billion each year to the state’s economy and employ over 25,000 Arkansans.
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Terry Simmons