Plans Set for 2014 Convention

Costa Rice: A beautiful place to talk about rice.

Dwight Roberts President/CEO USRPA
Dwight Roberts President/CEO USRPA

You never hear a bad word about traveling to Costa Rica. Fishing, volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, rain forests, jungle, exotic wildlife, great food and friendly people have been the reason many make Costa Rica a home away from home. Vacationing in Costa Rica has become a common destination for many Americans. All of these reasons make it an ideal place to talk about rice, too.

The US Rice Producers Association is proud to organize the 2014 Rice Market & Technology Convention, the largest and most important rice conference in the Western Hemisphere where participants from some 30 to 35 or more countries buy, sell, trade, talk, learn, update, inform, educate about rice production, milling, marketing and everything else in between. The 2014 convention is shaping up to be the best ever for a number of reasons starting with San Jose’s Real Intercontinental Hotel where the event will be held on May 27-29, 2014. It is ideally located for business or leisure and close to the most prestigious shopping mall, bars and restaurants as well as the Escazu Corporate Center. Sponsors include Bayer CropScience, Aceituno Seeds, Horizon Ag, DSM Nutritional Products, Kepler Weber and The Wright Group. Exhibitors include names like Satake, Buhler Sortex, Zaccaria, Delta Plastics, Delta Technology, CLAAS, Ag Growth International, Gavi-Agro, TIGSA, CropLife Latin America, Riceland Foods, SCAFCO, Maxi-Lift Inc., RiceCo International, Rio Grandense Rice Institute of Brazil, Brazilian Rice Industries Association, Bunge and Mega Dryers. Major Importers Participating The convention caters to an extended audience by including a variety of topics in its agenda. However, a large part of the agenda revolves around global rice consumption patterns, seed varieties, milling technology and market analysis, along with other topics that tend to attract a high number of producers and millers.

2013 Convention in Miami
2013 Convention in Miami

A number of groups from several countries are already making plans to attend the convention, then visit the Costa Rican rice sector afterwards. San Jose is the regional home for a number of companies that support both rice production and milling. With a high per capita consumption rate, rice is a basic staple of not only Costa Ricans but also the neighboring Central American countries. As a result, all the major importers of U.S. rice will be participating in this year’s convention as both attendees and presenters.

As an added incentive thanks to the host country’s attractions, post-conference tourism packages are being offered at very good rates. So bring the family and stay over a day or two or more and enjoy the sightseeing, surfing, eco-tours, golf, famous fishing, river rafting, Atlantic or Pacific coastlines, historical landmarks and understand why Costa Rica’s national saying is “Pura Vida” meaning Pure Life.

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