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Make plans to attend America’s Rice Convention

This gathering is the next step to unite the Western Hemisphere.


By Dwight Roberts
President and Chief
Executive Officer
USRPA
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We’ve come a long way baby! Ok, so it was 1968 when this particular marketing phrase was coined, targeting young professional women. But it’s true for the rice industry in the Americas, too. We have come a long way, and we are now going to Miami, Fla., on June 5-7, 2012, for a historical event – the first Americas Rice Convention.

Also for the first time, an informal advisory committee consisting of participation from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela have joined together to develop the format for a rice convention structure that is expected to serve the Western Hemisphere in the years ahead.

This list does not leave out the countries of Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Cuba, French Guiana, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad who are contributing input and have plans to participate.

Addressing Common Goals

Phytosanitary, consumer demands and concerns, free trade agreements today and tomorrow, commerce, market access obstacles, WTO obligations, genetically engineered seed, environmental pressures, new hybrid programs and joint research initiatives are just a few of the issues common throughout the Hemisphere.

Will this convention lead to the establishment of committees who can report initiatives to a general assembly the following year? Only time will tell, but from the tremendous show of interest already generated from all corners of the Americas, there is a strong need for the region to unite and confront common goals.

World Rice Expert Slated To Speak

For this first Americas Rice Convention, there is no one better to kick off this historical event and set the tone than Dr. Charles Peter Timmer, an emeritus professor of economics at Harvard, who is one of the world’s leading experts on the rice trade. Most recently, Tufts University’s Global Development and Environmental Institute recently announced it will award its 2012 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to Dr. Timmer. The award recognizes the critical work his research contributes to the economics of food and agriculture, and the ceremony will take place on April 3, 2012, at Tufts University’s Medford campus.

As stated by the director of the awarding institute, Neva Goodwin, “Charles Peter Timmer has been a giant in the field of food and agricultural policy. His research and writings have provided critical leadership as well as empirical foundations necessary to address the challenges we face.”

Miami, Fla., is the gateway coming and going for the Americas and is the appropriate site to unite the rice industries of the Western Hemisphere. As Bachman Turner Overdrive says, “You Aint Seen Nothing Yet!” Come to Miami and make history with us June 5-7, 2012! Visit www.americasriceconvention.com.

For more, visit www.usriceproducers.com.

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