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What to expect at the 2017 Arkansas Rice Expo - Aug. 4 

Hours

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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. -10:30 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.  

  • In-bin, on-farm rice quality observations and research, Dr. Griffiths Atunglulu, assistant professor, Division of Agriculture.
  • Factors impacting laboratory measurement of rice milling yield, Sangeeta Mukhopadhyay, senior graduate assistant.
  • Pre- and post-harvest factors that can impact rice milling yield, Zeph Odek, senior graduate assistant.
  • Rice quality discussion, Michael Shook, co-owner, Agri Process Innovations.

Rice & Row Crop: Legal Update - 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Classroom D

  • This session, presented by the attorneys of the National Agricultural Law Center, will highlight recent and emerging legal issues relevant to the rice and other row crop industries

Plant Health Clinic - 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Mack's Prairie Wings Meeting Room

  • Sad-looking salvia? Horrible hostas? Wretched rice? Bring your samples and let the plant doctors take a look. Join Yeshi Wamishe, Sherrie Smith and Terry Spurlock, plant pathologists for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, who will be able to offer on-the-spot diagnoses. 

Bug Bonanza - 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.  Mack's Prairie Wings Meeting Room

  • Insects seem to be infinite in their variety and abilities. Entomologists will have a display on hand for kids of all ages to enjoy!

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. Join Extension Regional Program Associate Keith Cleek and Woodruff County Extension Agent Leigh Ann Bullington in Salons A and B. 
  • 9:30 a.m. 
    • Breakfast rice with blackberries and apples 
    • Cranberry rice cookies
  • 9:45 a.m. 
    • Avgolemono (lemon, chicken, rice soup)
    • Walnut rice with cream cheese, mushrooms and spinach

Recipe contest - Award presentations at 10:30 am. - Salons A & B

  • Watch as our all-star judges: Kelly Brant, food writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette;  William Ginocchio, certified executive chef and culinary arts instructor at UA-Pulaski Tech, and KARK-TV'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. 
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KARK Meteorologist Pat Walker sampling as he judges the 2016 Rice Recipe Contest. 

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? - Classroom B

  • 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! 

Keynote and general session - 11 a.m. - Auditorium

  • Join us for a dicussion of the developing Farm Bill with former U.S. Rep. Charlie Stenholm. 

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