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Food and Agribusiness Webinars

Webinar Series Produced by University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Host and Interviewer

Bobby Coats - Professor, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness 

Executive Producer 

Mary Poling – Coordinator of Interactive Communications, Office of Information Technology, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

RiceTec's Gumina on The Evolution of Hybrid Rice

by Bobby Coats - January 11, 2018

Description: In this presentation we chart the evolution of hybrid rice development starting with the fundamental need for more calories in China during the 1970s. We explain the 20 year journey of the germplasm development to the meet the needs of western hemisphere markets. The program provides an update on the global adoption of hybrid rice in production systems. We give an update on the effort and progress on improving grain quality in conjunction with high yields and the grower’s role in driving quality. Finally we provide a view on how hybrid breeding can tailor grain quality to meet the needs of specific markets and how that will improve overall competitiveness for US exports.


Michael A. Gumina, Global CEO RiceTec AG

Mr. Gumina has been engaged with production agriculture and the seed industry for over 35 years. He is currently the lead executive for RiceTec AG which is a privately held, leading global hybrid rice seed business.

Prior to joining RiceTec, Mr. Gumina was an executive with DuPont Pioneer where he was responsible for global seed production operations and a member of several key global and regional management teams.

Mr. Gumina has played an active role in the broad seed industry as a member of the American Seed Trade Association Board of Directors (Chairman 2011/2012) and the International Seed Federation Board of Directors.

Mr. Gumina has been a member of numerous non-profit boards and advisory panels including the Iowa State Seed Science Center, Iowa 4H Foundation, ChildServe and most recently the First the Seed Foundation.

 Mr. Gumina is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy.

UA System Division of Agriculture Rice Breeding Program

by Bobby Coats - November 30, 2017

Description: Arkansas’ Senior Rice Plant Breeder Dr. Karen Moldenhauer discusses her Rice Plant Breeding Program as well as the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture’s Rice Breeding Program


Karen MoldenhauerDr. Karen  Moldenhauer is a Professor of Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas and a holder of the Rice Industry Chair for Variety Development. She belongs to the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Gene Editing Technology & New Opportunities for Plant Breeding

by Bobby Coats - November 16, 2017 














This webinar provides an overview of new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9 and their potential impact on the future of plant breeding. Gene editing offers greater precision and speed compared to conventional breeding and previous biotechnological approaches, and opens new opportunities for scientific discovery. Current and prospective applications, and technical and consumer acceptance challenges will be discussed.


Jeremy EdwardsJeremy D. Edwards is a Research Plant Molecular Geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Stuttgart, AR. His research involves the use of genomics, bioinformatics, and big data to facilitate gene discovery and to develop technology for accelerated rice breeding. He has a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University and a B.S. in Horticultural Science from the University of Florida.

U.S. Rice Market Faces Tighter Supplies and Higher Prices in 2017/18

by Bobby Coats - October 26, 2017














Description: Nathan Childs will explain the reasons behind and implications of the expected decline in U.S. rice supplies in 2017/18 on prices, trade, and use. In addition, major factors driving the global rice market and recent global price movements will be analyzed. The presentation will be based on updated forecasts from the October 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.


Nathan Childs

Nathan Childs is a senior economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service in Washington, DC.  He is responsible for ERS’s domestic and global rice outlook program, routinely working with a multi-agency committee to develop monthly supply and use estimates.  Nathan writes a monthly Rice Outlook Report, updates Yearbook Tables, makes numerous outlook presentations, and has participated in several internationally-focused research projects.  He has a PH.D. in Applied Economics from Clemson University, Masters in Security Studies from Georgetown, and a B.S. in Economics from Clemson University.  Nathan was in the S.C. Army National Guard in the 1980s.


The Agricultural Policy and Market Outlook: What now

by Bobby Coats - October 5, 2017














Westhoff will report on the latest FAPRI market projections and discuss some of the factors that will drive markets in the months and years ahead. He’ll also talk about recent policy developments and the next farm bill debate, and will try to give an idea of what could happen and what it might mean.


Pat Westhoff Patrcik Westhoff is the director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri–Columbia and a professor in the MU department of agricultural and applied economics. He has degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Iowa State University. He served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, and was an economist with the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry before joining MU in 1996.