As per the sources, it has been notified that the congressman Mr Rick Crawford will address the 2016 Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting on Friday. The meeting will be held at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center. Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Mr. Wes Ward and USA Rice Federation President Mr Betsy Ward will also speak to the crowd.
Further, it has been revealed that there will going to be several breakout sessions, as said by Mr. Jeff Rutledge, a Newport rice farmer. A couple of those are actually going to focus on the Farm Bill and part of that is going to be on the regulatory aspect of it. Our Vice-President from USA Rice Federation for Government Affairs Mr Ben Mosely will be there to speak about that. A sixth-generation farmer, Rutledge touted the benefits of two breakout sessions planned for the day.
Furthermore, in this regard a couple of those who are actually going to focus on the Farm Bill and thereafter, there will also a talk about conservation, title of the Farm Bill and have breakout sessions. Women in agriculture and farmer’s wives are encouraged to attend the one-day event and Guest speakers for them include Miss Arkansas Rice, Lynnsey Bowler, Newport farmer Jennifer James and Riceland’s Director of Communications Robin Devore.
During this event, a free catfish lunch is sponsored by Prudential Agricultural Investments. Thereafter, two more breakout sessions will follow. Mr Edward Swaim of the Natural Resources Commission will explain continuing efforts to implement the recommendations from the planning process, especially in drought planning and in improving the agricultural water use.
According to the programme, Dr. Mike Daniels will discuss water quality and developments made through research on Discovery Farms across the state. Farmers can also learn how to apply and benefit from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Moreover, Dr Jarrod Hardke will provide research insights on “Farming for Profit” and simple ways to growers who can increase profitability on their operation. Further, the American Carbon Registry will cover what farmers need to know about selling carbon credits. In this event, Steve “Wildman” Wilson with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will serve as master of ceremonies.