It’s almost time to kick-off the 2010 rice-growing season, but before we do, there are several important meetings and events that you may want to attend to gather more knowledge to help make 2010 a profitable year.
First is the Annual Meeting of the Mississippi Rice Council to be held Thursday, February 18 at the Bolivar county Extension Auditorium in Cleveland, Miss. Registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. and the meeting program will start at 10:00 a.m.
The theme of the meeting is “Where Are Rice Prices Going?” This obviously is an important topic for rice producers, so don’t miss out on this event.
This year’s meeting will provide valuable information for the Mississippi rice farmers and the affiliated industry as the program is highlighted by the participation of Mr. Dennis DeLaughter, President of Progressive Farm Management, Inc. A licensed floor trader on the Chicago Board of Trade and a member of the Mid-American Commodity Exchange in Chicago, Mr. DeLaughter manages over 5,000 acres of rice and grain farmland in South Texas.
Other presentations at this year’s annual meeting of Mississippi rice farmers will include an update on agriculture policies from Capitol Hill by Hunt Shipman of Cornerstone Government Affairs in Washington, D.C., a review of the rice research program from Tim Walker and Nathan Buehring of the Delta Research & Extension Center in Stoneville, Mississippi and an update from Dwight Roberts of the US Rice Producers Association. Donald Gant, Chairman of the Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, and Gibb Steele, Chairman of the US Rice Producers Political Action Committee, will also give comments at the meeting. Lunch will be catered by Eddie Harris.
For more information call the office of the US Rice Producers Association at 1-713-974-7423.
Next, it’s show time! The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will be held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on Feb. 26-27.
One of the main highlights will be Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.). You’re invited to a special session featuring Senator Lincoln, D-AR, chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, scheduled for 1:30 PM, Saturday, February 27, 2010. The session will be held in the Steamboat Room, Mezzanine Level, Cook Convention Center, Memphis, Tennessee. Senator Lincoln is expected to provide an update on current policy issues facing American agriculture and upcoming Senate Ag Committee activities.
The Gin Show will kick off on Friday at 8:30 a.m. with the annual Ag Update. Slated to speak that morning are Carl Brothers of Riceland Foods, Joe Nicosia of Allenberg Cotton and Eddie Smith, newly elected chairman of the National Cotton Council.
Headlining the Ag Update on Saturday morning will be Richard Brock of Brock & Associates. He will give his grain update and marketing strategies report.
Also scheduled for Friday afternoon is a special Weed Resistance Seminar.
Lots of good information on tap, so make plans to pack your bags and head to Memphis!