Gov. Hutchinson keynotes; all-star recipe judges ready
Gov. Asa Hutchinson will deliver the keynote at this year’s Arkansas Rice Expo, set for Friday, Aug. 7, in Stuttgart.
Also joining this year's lineup of speakers are Rep. Rick Crawford, state Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang and House District 13 Rep. David Hillman.
In addition. an all-star lineup of judges will be testing their palates during the Rice Recipe Contest.
The half-day event opens at 8 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 U.S. 165 in Stuttgart. There is no cost to attend and the event ends with a catfish lunch. Field tours of research plots, food demonstrations and family fun are all part of the expo, a salute by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to rice production in Arkansas. (Download the schedule of events here.)
“Arkansas is America’s No. 1 rice state, growing more than half of the rice produced in the United States,” said Mark Cochran, head of the UA System’s Division of Agriculture. “The Rice Expo is our opportunity to celebrate the successes of the farmers who make agriculture the state’s largest industry and share some of the exciting developments from our research and extension programs.
“We also see the Rice Expo as our open house – an invitation for the community to meet our researchers and extension educators and see their work first-hand,” he said. “We are very pleased that Gov. Hutchinson will be our keynote speaker this year.”
The governor is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m.
Hutchinson is no stranger to the Arkansas Rice Expo, having attended the last two years.
Rice industry issues
This year’s event features breakout sessions that focus on issues looming large in the rice industry, including the implications of rice trade with Cuba, marketing rice and managing barnyardgrass.
Expo-goers will get an up close and personal look at the work being done for the rice industry by Division researchers, who will be leading field tours.
Event attendees with problems in the garden or landscape can take advantage of the plant disease clinic by bringing samples for diagnosis.
There will also be a feral hog exhibit, food preservation clinic, equipment display and an update on crop application technologies.
Staff from the Arkansas 4-H Youth Development program will be there with activities for youngsters. And don’t miss the cooking demonstrations and tastings, and see the finalists in the rice recipe contest and the creativity on display in the rice tabletop centerpiece competition.
This year's field tours:
- Soybeans and flood tolerance - Pengyin Chen, soybean breeder; Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist, both of the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
- Rice varieties - Karen Moldenhauer, professor- U of A System Division of Agriculture; Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter.
- Weed control - Jason Norsworthy, weed scientist-U of A System Division of Agriculture; Jason Bond, Mississippi State.
This year's breakout sessions include:
- Rice marketing with a Cuban flavor
- Plant disease clinic
All-Star lineup for annual Rice Recipe Contest
MEREDITH MITCHELL, KTHV-TV -- Meredith Mitchell is a hometown girl, a Little Rock
native who came back to THV 11 in May of 2007 as weekend weather anchor and weather
The Little Rock Central High School grad first came to THV 11 as an intern while attending the University of Arkansas. After graduation, she began her broadcasting career in Joplin, Missouri, as weekend weather anchor and reporter for KSNF-TV. Meredith's interest in meteorology began at a young age, studying and researching the effects weather has on our daily lives.
Meredith is a die-hard Razorback fan and enjoys watching all Razorback sports.
STEPHANIE FISCHER PRISLOVSKY, Stuttgart Daily Leader – Stephanie Fischer Prislovsky is spending her final day as editor of the Stuttgart Daily Leader and GateHouse Media’s regional desk as a contest judge. Born and raised in Stuttgart, she grew up on a farm just south of own where her grandfather, father and brother still farm about 1,300 acres. The Arkansas State graduate worked media relations for the athletic departments at ASU and Notre Dame before working at the Conway Log Cabin Democrat. In June, Stephanie married Sam Prislovsky, who, with his father, farms about 2,000 acres in Prairie and Arkansas counties.
“Rice is by far one of my favorite foods, and I would probably eat it four or five times a week if I could!” she said.
STEVE SHULER, Sync Magazine -- Steve Shuler is a food critic with Sync Magazine and the host of the Little Rock Foodcast, a podcast discussing food and drink in the Little Rock area. An avid food lover, Steve has spent years studying Southern recipes and food culture, particularly barbecue. When he’s not eating or writing about food, Steve works as a video producer and writer for AFMC, a Little Rock health care organization. Steve lives in Little Rock with his wife and daughter.
Download the Rice Expo Recipe Book!
Be sure to download a copy of the 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe book for great ideas on how rice can fit into your family budget and healthy meal planning. We'll be updating this book for 2015, so check back with us to see this year's version.
Read all about last year's winning recipe, Grilled Rice and Black Bean Burritos with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce, and its creator, Tiffany Aaron of Cleburne County.