With the largest buyers of
U.S. rice in the region already
confirmed to participate,
the 2013 edition of
the Rice Market & Technology Convention
is shaping up to be a major success.
Set for May 28-30, 2013, at the Hilton
Miami Downtown, the event has become
the largest gathering for the industries of
rice farming, milling, trading, research,
policy, import-export, equipment and allied
businesses of the Western Hemisphere.
Initiated and organized by USRPA with
support and input from major rice organizations
throughout the Americas, we will
have something for everyone.
Impressive Speaker Roster
The program includes the confirmed
attendance of several important figures.
• George Pope, a marketing specialist
and agricultural counselor for USDA’s
Foreign Agricultural Service who spent
extended time in West Africa, will bring a
new look at the developing rice markets of
Africa, which is experiencing impressive
growth in rice consumption.
• Norris Bond, President of Applied
Milling Systems, Inc., and a well-known
figure worldwide in the design, operation
and performance assessment of cereal processing
plants, will discuss “Rice Milling
in 2030: What Will It Mean For Farmers?”
• Dr. Gilberto Amato, an international
advisor in rice technology and a chemical
engineer at Brazil’s Federal University of
Rio Grande do Sul, will discuss new
advances with parboiling rice.
• Robert Papanos, principal with The
Houston Rice Group, will look at what is
ahead in the world rice market, while LSU
AgCenter’s Dr. Steve Linscombe will talk
about variety developments.
• A representative of the Aceituno Rice
Seed Company in Ibague, Colombia, a private
company recognized nationally and
internationally, will talk about the myths and realities of hybrid rice. Horizon Ag
and RiceTec will both discuss their seed
development programs and expectations
for the future.
• Jim Wiesemeyer, Senior Vice-President
for Policy and Trade Issues for
Informa Economics Inc., recognized
around the world for agricultural economic
analysis, will give the opening address.
Breakout sessions on numerous other
subjects are being planned where the interaction
of participants is strongly encouraged.
Participants also will enjoy receptions
and opportunities to meet and visit
with rice industry contacts from between
35-40 different countries.
Although the conference focuses on the
Western Hemisphere, several people from
Asia and the European Union have already
registered. Exhibit space also is being
reserved for Ag Growth International,
Buhler Group, Mega Grain Dryers, Rice
Market Letter, Grupo Kepler Weber, Industry
Machina Zaccaria, Delta Technology
Corporation, Daewon GSI and numerous
other rice related allied businesses.
Market analysis will be available with
the confirmed participation of the Creed
Rice Report, Rice Market Letter, Agrotendencias,
Live Rice Index and Firstgrain.
The USRPA is proud to play such a
responsible role in the organization of this
important conference. We appreciate the
sincere trust we enjoy from the rice organizations
and private companies from so
many of the Latin American countries. The
Western Hemisphere will always be the
target of this convention and will focus on
marketing and technology on the farm or at
the mill. www.ricemtconvention.com.
The Rice Market & Technology Convention
is not affiliated with The Rice Trader or TRT Rice Americas Conference.
For more, visit www.usriceproducers.com.