9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Acadia Foyer

Registration Open

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Jaxson on the River
621 DeCatur St., Suite 2B
New Orleans, LA 70130

Welcome Reception
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The Jaxson on the River

The Jaxson is located in the heart of the historic New Orleans French Quarter just steps from the Mississippi River and St. Louis Cathedral.

Sponsored by:

Louisiana Trio

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

3rd Floor
Acadia Foyer

Registration Open

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Dwight Roberts

Opening Introductions

Dwight Roberts

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

John Bel Edwards
Governor of Louisiana

Welcome

Edwards, John Bel

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Dennis DeLaughter

Rice and World Economy Today & Tomorrow

When we realize that today’s rice market is not the market our fathers had to deal with, we can also assume that tomorrow’s market is not going to look like today’s market.  This presentation will look at the current market and then try and get a glimpse of what the market may look like tomorrow where tomorrow is defined as somewhere in the future.  After doing that, some will be hoping that “Tomorrow Never Comes!!!”

DENNIS--R-DELAUGHTER-BIO

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

3rd Floor
Acadia

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:

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Sponsored by:

http://www.induhorst.com/

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Alice Gomez

Tariffs and Other Political Turmoil in Trade

Photo © Tony Powell. Cornerstone III. February 5, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Ben Allen

Indigo Ag: Revolution of Farming Food & Marketing

Allen, Ben

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Tim Walker

Sustaining a Southern U.S. Rice Industry with Today’s Consumer Demands

Walker, Tim

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Ted Wilson

Does Climate Stress Impact Rice Performance?

Wilson, LT

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bissonet

LUNCH in Bissonet

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Leandro Pasqualli

Adding Value to the Rice Industry

Leandro-Pasquallli

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Fabian Franzese

What Can Be Anticipated from the Mercosur?

Fabian Franzese

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Sustainable Rice Production: Farming for the Future

The rice industry’s commitment to sustainability dates back generations, long before sustainability became a popular term. Every day the rice industry strives to meet the demands of growing populations while increasing resource efficiencies at every level of the supply chain. Rice stewardship and sustainability are more than just the new buzzwords of the industry. Stewardship and sustainability are an expression of what matters, professionally and ethically. Today’s rice industry is building on past improvements and working together in new ways to more sustainably feed a growing population. Rice farmers, in particular, are leading by example, having a historical commitment to protect and conserve the natural resources that produce a healthy, environmentally beneficial, and economically stable food source while providing a sustainable livelihood for their families. Sustainability is becoming more and more important to many of our customers and end-users – both major and minor. The increased emphasis on sustainability is found through-out the rice-producing countries of the world.  If it is not on the forefront in your country or region, it will be soon.

This session will highlight the improvements is sustainability that has been achieved over the previous 36 years while providing specific examples of incorporation of many of these practices at the farm level.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Acadia

Networking Reception

Enjoy appetizers, drinks and live music while you network with your fellow delegates and visit RMTC’s Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Sponsored by:

texas rice council
Thomas Wynn & Stuart Hoetger

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

3rd Floor
Acadia Foyer

Registration Open

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Dwight Roberts

Opening Introductions

Dwight Roberts

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Under Secretary McKinney

Keynote

McKinney, Ted

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Augusto Carhallanqui Heredia

Innovations in Rice Aging

Augusto Carhuallanqui Heredia

10:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Danilo Vera

Comparison Between Parboiled Rice and Aged Rice; Advances in Rice Aging Automation

Danilo Vera

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

3rd Floor
Acadia

Coffee Break

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Norris Bond

What Lies Beneath? (Treating By-Products as Important as the Whole Grain)

NORRIS-BOND

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Carla Moita Brites

Exploitation of Bran Rice Bioactive Compounds for Healthy Food Development

Carla Brites

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bissonet

LUNCH in Bissonet

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Janine Mansour

Port of New Orleans

Janine Moreau square

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Shashikumar Thimmaiah

INDIA-Emerging Technological Hub for Ageing and Parboiled Process Innovation

shashi

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Stephen Edkins

Rice Exchange: The Go-To Marketplace for the Global Trade

Stephen Edkins, CEO and co-founder of Rice Exchange, will introduce the innovative rice trading platform that improves your rice trading experience. The digital platform was built by an experienced team of block chain developers under the leadership of Dr. Don Oparah with input from veteran rice trader Frank Gouverne.  The platform uses Hyperledger Fabric and smart contracts to create an audit log of every rice trade.  By using Hyperledger Fabric’s permissioned distributed ledger, Rice Exchange provides transparency to the relevant parties within a trade without publicly revealing private information related to the trade.  The Rice Exchange platform has attracted more than 300 Early Adopters who have signed up to trade in excess of seven million tons of rice. These Early Adopters come from more than 50 countries spanning five continents, representing a truly global rice community.

Stephen Edkins

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

The Rice Marketers: Endgame

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3rd Floor
Carondelet

Dwight Roberts

Closing Ceremony

Dwight Roberts
Fabian Franzese

Fabian Franzese

Fabian Franzese, an agronomist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires where he also obtained a specialization and a masters degree in Agribusiness and Foods, he has worked in the rice business for more than 30 years. Franzese has done it from different responsibilities in some of the most important…

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Ben Allen

Ben Allen

Ben Allen came to Indigo from AGRI-TREND, one of the largest agronomy services providers in North America, based out of Calgary, Canada. As Chief Revenue Officer, he was responsible for sales, marketing, and go-to-market strategy, with a particular focus on precision ag software products. In 2015, AGRI-TREND was purchased by…

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Stephen Edkins

Stephen Edkins

Stephen Edkins is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with interests in agriculture and renewable energy. He is passionate about investing in technology that has been developed in, or, can be applied to developing countries. Stephen, who is an Oxford-trained economist, started his career in finance with a focus on…

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Governor John Bel Edwards

Governor John Bel Edwards

The son of a sheriff and Charity Hospital nurse, John Bel Edwards understood the importance of serving others from an early age. From his service as an active duty Airborne Ranger in the U.S. Army to his time in the Louisiana House of Representatives, Gov. Edwards has always put people…

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Dr. Carla Brites

Dr. Carla Brites

Dr. Carla Brites will highlight the most relevant compounds, variability, health effects and examples of applicability in the agro-food industry. Her specialty is food science, technology and innovation with research experience focused on enhancing the quality and marketability of cereals including rice. Her current research called “ArrozBig” concentrates on the…

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Jim Whitaker

Jim Whitaker

Jim Whitaker is a managing partner of the family owned and operated Trinity Farms, in McGehee, Arkansas. He is a fifth-generation family farmer. Jim along with his brother Sam, also produce corn, soybeans, and cotton. Jim has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of McGehee in various positions of…

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Alice Gomez

Alice Gomez

Alice Gomez, an attorney and professional member of the food and agriculture practice group, joined Cornerstone in 2007. She represents producer organizations, international entities, commodity research and promotion programs, food manufacturers and distributors on issues related to the marketing of agricultural products, international trade, and nutrition. Alice advises clients on…

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Dr. Danilo Vera Coello

Dr. Danilo Vera Coello

Dr. Danilo Vera Coello, he earned his Master Degree In epidemiology comparative in the development of the Black Sigatoka on banana and plantain in 2003 at Universidad Federal de Vicosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil and his Ph. D On the role of the dangerous condition in the epidemiology of the eyespot…

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Dr. J. Thomas Wynn

Dr. J. Thomas Wynn

Dr. J. Thomas Wynn is a farmer, rancher, marketing analyst, and COO of M&W Farm & Ranch in Egypt, Texas. He is also a partner in Coastal Rice & Futures Inc. in East Bernard, Texas.  His specialty is risk management in agricultural commodity markets.  He also focuses on innovation diffusion…

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NORRIS BOND

NORRIS BOND

Norris Bond graduated in 1970 from The University of Southwestern Louisiana, with high distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Norris was initially employed as a design engineer by Baker Oil Tools of Houston, Texas, where he, was responsible for the design and prototype testing of various types…

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DR. STEVE LINSCOMBE

DR. STEVE LINSCOMBE

Steve Linscombe received his Ph.D. in Agronomy, Plant Breeding & Genetics in 1982 from Mississippi State University and his M.S. in Agronomy in 1979 and his B.S. in Animal Science in 1976, both from Louisiana State University. Dr. Linscombe is the Director of the Rice Research Station (Dec. 2003 –…

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Stuart Hoetger

Stuart Hoetger

Stuart Hoetger is a managing partner and founder of The Stogan Group, an agricultural business firm engaged in commodity trading and market analysis. Before assuming management of a California rice cooperative and launching an online rice brokerage platform, Stuart’s sole focus was providing market analysis and strategy to global traders,…

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