Around the World with USRPA: Scenes from Arkansas, Guatemala, & Texas

July 15, 2022

Arkansas - A Visit with PJ Haynie, Arkansas River Rice

Last week in Arkansas, USRPA Advisor Dwight Roberts enjoyed a visit with PJ Haynie, Chief Executive Officer for Arkansas River Rice, a rice mill located near Pine Bluff. PJ also farms rice, soybeans, and corn just west of the town of Marvell, Arkansas. A graduate of Virginia Tech, PJ is a fifth-generation farmer, growing up in northern Virginia where Haynie Farms owns and operates a transportation company that specializes in food grade logistics in addition to farming corn, wheat, soybeans, and canola. PJ currently serves as the Chairman of the National Black Growers Council. PJ and his wife Dr. Lisa Haynie reside in Reedville, VA with their three children. Visit to learn more.

Guatemala - U.S. Embassy Celebrates 4th of July with Jambalaya

The U.S. Embassy hosted an Independence Day reception at its new state-of-the-art facility in Cayala last week. USRPA and ARROZGUA participated in the event, which included a giant pot of jambalaya made with U.S. rice. Above, U.S. Ambassador William W. Popp pauses for a photo op with some of our Guatemalan representatives. 

Texas - Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center Rice Field Day

On Thursday, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center held its 74th Annual Rice Field Day in Beaumont. In addition to updates from researchers including Dr. Lee Tarpley (pictured above), USRPA President & CEO Marcela Garcia gave remarks to the group.

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