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COVID-19 Causes Rice Market & Technology Convention Postponement

After closely monitoring the developments over the past several weeks, the 2020 Rice Market & Technology Convention scheduled to take place in Panama, May 19-21 has been postponed due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The new dates will not be announced until conditions are safe for everyone at home and abroad.

We are all learning what is really “essential” and certainly rice is on that list as evidenced by the increased demand. This makes our international convention even more important. Rice farmers, rice millers and the allied businesses from throughout the world are essential in feeding our communities worldwide.

We thank you for your support and participation over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your families, loved ones and citizens during this crisis. Working together, the world will defeat this virus.

We will continue to monitor progress and keep you informed as to potential new dates. The USRPA office will remain closed for the foreseeable future but staff continues to work from home. Please let us hear from you – you can send your comments and/or questions directly to us at info@usriceproducers.com.

Sincerely Yours,

US Rice Producers Association

The Rice Market & Technology Convention is an annual event which provides an unprecedented program full of world class economists, scientists and other industry members.  In addition, RMTC hosts breakout sessions, workshops and other case studies, in which all conference delegates will have a chance to engage in conversation with these world renowned experts.

Stay tuned as for news about RMTC 2021!

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The RMTC Team

Dwight Roberts

Dwight Roberts

President & CEO Dwight Roberts, President & CEO of the US Rice Producers Association, has spent the last 30 years working in agriculturally related international activities both in the private sector and as the director for international marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture. He also spent 10 years living…

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Marcela Garcia

Marcela Garcia

Chief Operating Officer Marcela Garcia, USRPA Vice President, graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. Garcia began working with USRPA as an intern in September 2008 and joined the USRPA team in May 2009. In addition to developing…

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Bianka Rodriguez

Bianka Rodriguez

Marketing Manager Bianka Rodriguez, Marketing Manager is responsible for managing USRPA’s UES International Rice Promotion programs in Mexico and Central America and regularly travels to audit and review campaign activities. Rodriguez is bilingual and joined the team in 2012 and supports the USRPA in a wide range of activities including administrative…

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Veronica Galvan

Veronica Galvan

Events & Technology Manager Veronica Galvan, Events & Technology Manager, is responsible for the organization’s technical and digital strategies including production of marketing materials for international and domestic initiatives. Galvan has an extensive background working with technology specific to the non-profit industry and graduated from DeVry University with a bachelor’s…

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