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Gov. Asa Hutchinson to present keynote at Aug. 7 Rice Expo 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson will deliver the keynote at this year’s Arkansas Rice Expo, set for Friday, Aug. 7, in Stuttgart. 

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:

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VISITING --  Asa Hutchinson, right, visits with attendees at the 2013 Arkansas Rice Expo in Stuttgart. The governor will be the 2015 keynote speaker.  (U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture photo by Mary Hightower) 

“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
    • Barnyardgrass
    • Plant disease clinic


Rice Tabletop Centerpiece Contest

Love to create unique settings with plants? Try your hand including rice in your arrangement. The second annual Rice Tabletop Centerpiece Contest has a July 31 deadline to register.   Download your entry form here.
Last year's Rice Expo Recipe Contest winner! Grilled Rice and Bean Burritos.

Fourth Annual Rice Recipe Contest 

The fourth annual contest will be held Friday, Aug. 7, in conjunction with the Arkansas Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.

Download the rules.

Download the entry blank. 

 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. 

Living Well with Rice - Recipe book. 

Read all about last year's winning recipeGrilled Rice and Black Bean Burritos with Creamy Cilantro Dipping Sauce, and its creator, Tiffany Aaron of Cleburne County.