Stay abreast of rice research at RTWG, Feb. 24-27, in Orange Beach, Alabama

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University of Arkansas Extension rice agronomist Jarrod Hardke looks over the agenda at the 37th RTWG in Long Beach, California, in 2018.

Every two years, rice researchers from around the nation and even internationally attend the Rice Technical Working Group meeting to share results and craft plans about future research directions.

Mississippi State University will host the 38th RTWG, Feb. 24-27, 2020, at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama.

The agenda is chocked full of research topics as well as networking opportunities and time to catch up with old acquaintances or make new ones.

In recent years, RTWG has expanded to include a half-day consultants and certified crop advisers meeting, Monday morning, Feb. 24.

That afternoon, Feb. 24, a rice water symposium is scheduled and open to all attendees. CEUs will be available for both the CCA/consultants meeting and water symposium.

The event begins officially Monday night with the opening reception.

Presentations kick off Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, with the opening session.

Throughout Feb. 25 and the morning of Feb. 26, attendees also can view research posters.

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RTWG also offers opportunities to network and catch up with old acquaintances.

Concurrent break-out technical sessions on topics including breeding, genetics, economics, marketing, post-harvest quality, rice culture, weed control and plant protection will be held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, and Wednesday morning and afternoon, Feb. 26.

Altogether, there will be more than 200 poster and oral presentations on anything and everything related to rice.

An awards luncheon is planned for noon, Feb. 26, to recognize researchers who have gone above and beyond as nominated by their peers. Wednesday night features a closing reception.

RTWG concludes Thursday morning, Feb. 27, with an executive committee and closing business meetings.

For more information, to register for RTWG or to reserve hotel rooms, visit https://www.mafes.msstate.edu/rtwg/