What to expect at the 2017 Arkansas Rice Expo - Aug. 4
The half-day Arkansas Rice Expo opens at 8 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart at 807 US 165, next to Phillips Community College. Admission is free and be sure to stick around for lunch, catered by Yoder Ruritan.
Field Tours - Buses depart from Grand Prairie Center at 8:15 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
Tours of field research and technology at the Rice Research and Extension Center are the heart and soul of the Arkansas Rice Expo. Tour buses will depart from the Grand Prairie Center. This year's tours:
- Stop 1 - Foundation Seed Facility - Don't miss a tour of this state-of-the-art facility in its first year online. Tours to be given by facility director Glenn Bathke.
- Stop 2 - Rice Variety Observation Bay - Karen Moldenhauer, rice breeder for the U of A System Division of Agriculture will offer a breeding program overview and Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist, will give an update on the season and agronomics.
- Stop 3 - Weed Control and Soil Fertility - Bob Scott, extension weed scientist, will discuss new herbicide technologies and Trent Roberts, extension soil scientist, will introduce new tools and recommendations for soil fertility.
Rice Quality Update – 9 a.m. Classroom C
The value of a rice dining experience begins in the field. But drying, storage and milling practices affect rice quality, too. This session features novel approaches to protecting protecting rice quality. For farmers and millers.
Gardening - 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. - Salons A & B
This year's expo will continue its popular horticulture seminars and live cooking demonstrations. Author, blogger, columnist and Extension Horticulture Specialist Janet Carson will update listeners on the new varieties released through the Division of Agricultures fruit breeding program. White County Extension Agent Sherri Sanders will offer advice on how to grow those peach, blackberry and other varieties. Join Carson and Sanders in Salons A and B.
Rice cooking demonstrations - 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Salons A & B
Rice isn't just for dinner or savory dishes. This year, our extension foodies are dishing up something new -- breakfast and dessert dishes you can make with rice and fruit. There will also be a couple of light savory items demonstrated including the Greek classic, avgolemono soup, a silky and satisfying dish of lemon, chicken and rice. Join Extension Regional Program Associate Keith Cleek and Woodruff County Extension Agent Leigh Ann Bullington in Salons A and B.
Recipe contest - Award presentations at 10:30 am. - Salons A & B
Watch as our all-star judges, including KARK's Pat Walker, sample entries to the Rice Expo Rice Recipe. The winner will be announced at 11 a.m. in the auditorium.
Rice queens - From 8:30 a.m. until lunch
While we're talking about food, the 2017 Arkansas Rice Expo will once again be hosting the county rice queens, who will circulate among the crowd with samples of their culinary concoctions.
Youth activities - from 8 a.m. until lunch
We have plenty to do at the Arkansas Rice Expo for families. Extension's 4-H program will be bringing some hands-on STEM learning activities and Extension Wildlife Specialist Becky McPeake will be teaching all about wildlife and their habitat. There are outdoor activities too -- a youth archery shoot, a youth BB shoot with 4-H specialists. Arkansas Farm Bureau will be bringing its rice mill and combine simulator.
4-H Youth Passport - from 8 a.m.- lunch - Classroom A
Youth can also take part in the 4-H Youth Passport activity that starts in Classroom A.
Think you know rice? - Room TBA
Arkansas extension specialists will also be holding a Rice Quiz Bowl for youth ages 9-19. Listen to the questions and answers and see if you didn't learn something new!
Plant Health Clinic - Room TBA
Sad-looking salvia? Horrible hostas? Sherrie Smith, plant pathologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will once again have her mobile diagnostic lab on hand at the Grand Prairie Center.
Keynote and general session - 11 a.m. - Auditorium
Be sure to check back to see who our keynote speaker will be.
EXTENDED! 2017 Rice Expo Recipe Contest Entry Deadline June 23!
The deadline has been extended one more week! Get your recipes in by June 23!
- The Rice Recipe Contest is an official event of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension Arkansas Rice Expo.
- The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
- The immediate year’s state winner is not eligible to enter the following year. Example: the 2016 State Recipe Contest Winner is not eligible to enter the 2017 State contest. Employees of the U of A System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service are not eligible to enter the contest.
- Anyone residing in the State of Arkansas is eligible. (There is no limit to the number of entries per county, only one entry per person.)
- Rice in any form must be the prominent ingredient in the recipe. Ingredients should be easily obtained in any local grocery store.
- Each contestant should submit a completed electronic entry form and an electronic copy of their recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org. The recipe must be: standard format including the ingredients with measurements in order of use; step-by-step preparation and cooking methods; number of servings; cost per serving. (Example: Total cost of dish divided by number of servings = cost per serving)
- Entries must be received by June 16, 2017.
- Each entry will be reviewed by the Rice Expo Recipe Committee and the top 10 will be selected for presentation on Aug. 4, 2017. The top 10 contestants will be notified by July 10, 2017.
- Prepared rice dishes will be checked-in at 8 a.m. Aug. 4, 2017 at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. Contestants will be provided a 2’x2’ table area to create a display of their choice that may include items such as decorative linens, floral arrangements, service dishes, etc. for the presentation of their dish.
- Dishes must remain on display throughout the Rice Expo. Because of food safety issue, there will NOT be any sampling of the dishes by Expo attendees.
- Food must be received at safe temperatures. Please refer to the below mentioned food safety publication. Dishes may be reheated after arriving and before judging. Temperature will be monitored at check-in to assure safe food handling. If food is not received at the correct temperature, points will be lost under palatability because judges will not be able to taste the dish. For additional information on Safe Food Handling Practices and correct temperatures contact your local County Extension Agent – Family and Consumer Sciences,or refer to the Extension Publication FSFCS82, A Quick Consumer Guide to Safe Food Handling which can be accessed via the internet from uaex.edu. You can then read and or print the fact sheet.
- The top 10 entries will be judged on the basis of the recipe and the taste of the dish.
- The top 5 entries will move onto the finals. These dishes will be judged on the appearance of the dish and the finalist will be interviewed by the panel of judges. The finalist will be asked a series of questions about the ingredients and preparation of their dish. Special consideration will be given to how healthy and nutritious the dish is. The decision of the judges is final.
- The winners will be announced in the Grand Prairie Center during the closing activities.
- Winners must be present at the awards presentation to receive prizes. Winners who fail to appear at the presentation will automatically forfeit all awards.
- Prizes to be awarded: $200 for first place; $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.
- The first-place winner’s recipe will be highlighted in the 2018 Rice Expo Cookbook.
- Dishes must be picked up immediately after the close of the Expo on Aug. 4, 2017.
Thanks to all the families, individuals, sponsors and rice industry supporters who came to our annual Expo on Aug. 10. We look forward to hosting you again next year.
For those of you looking for our 2016 Rice Expo Cookbook, you may download a PDF here: 2016 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Book.