|On Wednesday, the El Campo Civic Center hosted the 2024 Western Rice Belt Production Conference, attracting close to 300 members from the rice farming community. The morning session included presentations from Horizon Ag, RiceTec, DynaGro, and AgriLife Research on seed varieties. Additional topics covered during the conference comprised insecticides, an LCRA irrigation water update, rice production economics, and sustainable rice production. During lunch, the winners of the rice poster competition were announced.
The afternoon session was resumed with a DC update from USA Rice, followed by presentations from the Texas Rice Research Foundation on current initiatives and the Texas Rice Council and US Rice Producers Association on promotion efforts. The agenda also included the utilization of agronomic data. The conference concluded with a USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service conservation program.
"This event, with its comprehensive range of topics, is well-attended and serves to equip Texas rice producers with the knowledge and resources to succeed. It also acknowledges the support and contributions of several entities in helping them achieve their goals," Tommy Turner, President of the Texas Rice Council and USRPA Board Member, said.
Texas Rice Council President & USRPA Board Member Tommy Turner presents to the group, highlighting recent TRC and USRPA promotional efforts.