November 1, 2017 ( by Rice Farming )
The annual Rice Outlook Conference, Dec. 10-12 in San Antonio, Texas, has made some improvements to this year’s program, based on past attendees’ input.
New this year will be breakout sessions for all segments of the rice industry, a revamped exhibit layout to allow for a better flow, and the innovation stage will have 10 minutes for presentations instead of three to five minutes as in years past.
The keynote speaker will be Mark McKinnon, an influential and respected political and media adviser. He is the creator, executive producer and co-host of Showtime’s real-time documentary series on the 2016 election and the Trump presidency, “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth.” He also was the chief media strategist to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns, including those of President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain.
Break-out sessions range from those on the upcoming Farm Bill and crop insurance to state outlooks and research reports, the Food Safety Modernization Act and storytelling to the public.
View the complete program by clicking here. As in the past, the conference also will have activities for conference guests.
The program opens Sunday night, Dec. 10, with the opening reception. Monday, Dec. 11, features a full day of educational sessions as well as the annual Rice Awards Luncheon. The Rice Farmer of the Year, Rice Industry Award and Rice Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Rice Month Scholarship and Rice Conservation Award will be presented during the lunch-time ceremonies.
The exhibit hall will be open from 7:30 a.m., Dec. 10, through 10:30 a.m., Dec. 12. The conference hotel is the Grant Hyatt San Antonio, and the sessions will be held in the nearby Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
For more information, including links for registration and hotel reservations, visit Rice Outlook Conference.