JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Congressman Rick Crawford will address the 2016 Arkansas Rice Annual Meeting Friday.
The meeting will be held at Arkansas State University's Convocation Center.
Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward and USA Rice Federation President Betsy Ward will also speak to the crowd.
"We are going to have several breakout sessions, as well," Jeff Rutledge, a Newport rice farmer said. "A couple of those are actually going to focus on the Farm Bill. Part of that is going to be on the regulatory aspect of it. Our Vice-President from USA Rice Federation for Government Affairs 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.
"A couple of those are actually going to focus on the Farm Bill," Rutledge said. "Then we're also going to talk about conservation, title of the Farm Bill and have breakout sessions about that as well."
Women in agriculture and farmer's wives are encouraged to attend the one-day event. Guest speakers for them include Miss Arkansas Rice, Lynnsey Bowler, Newport farmer Jennifer James and Riceland's Director of Communications Robin Devore.
A free catfish lunch is sponsored by Prudential Agricultural Investments.
Two more breakout sessions will follow. Edward Swaim of the Natural Resources Commission will explain continuing efforts to implement the recommendations from the planning process, especially in drought planning and improving agricultural water use data.
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.
Dr. Jarrod Hardke will provide research insights on "Farming for Profit" and simple ways growers can increase profitability on their operation.
The American Carbon Registry will cover what farmers need to know about selling carbon credits.
Steve "Wildman" Wilson with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will serve as master of ceremonies.
Farmers, spouses and sponsors for the event are welcome to register online at www.arkansasrice.org/annualmeeting or you can contact the Arkansas Rice Federation at (501) 375-1100.
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