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

Registration Desk Open

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Visit our Exhibitors and Sponsors in the Exhibit Hall in Grand Ballroom II & III

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

Registration Desk Open

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

COFFEE BREAK

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

Dwight Roberts
Opening Introductions
Dwight Roberts
President & CEO
US Rice Producers Association

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

Dan Hunter
Texas Department of Agriculture, Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs
Dan Hunter

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

Dennis DeLaughter
Keynote: Embracing Change: Expecting the Unexpected
DeLaughter, Dennis

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

COFFEE BREAK

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

Agreeta: The Power of Sustainability
Moderator: Corinna Baban
Pam West, Brookshire Dryers
Mark Pousson, Louisiana Independent Rice Producers Assn.
Brian Ottis, Rice Tec
Jim Whitaker, Whitaker Grain

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

Steve Linscombe
New Technologies Accelerate Delivery of Improved Rice Varieties for the Americas

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

LUNCH
Emerald Ballroom (2nd Floor)

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1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Eduardo Rojas
The Central American Rice Market and CAFTA-DR
Eduardo Rojas

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

Carlos Castro
Induhorst: Advantages and Benefits Of The Rice Aging Process And Its Impact On Storage, Physical And Culinary Quality
Carlos Castro

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

Cody Corbell
Jyoti Shankar
Steven Emerson
Using Technology to Drive Data Through the Supply Chain

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

COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored By:

http://www.induhorst.com/

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Randy Ouzts
Working to Improve the US Rice Industry – Current Challenges
Ouzts, Randy

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

Enrique Nieto
Buhler: State-of-the-art solutions for rice polishing and whitening
Enrique Nieto

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

Dwight Roberts
Closing Comments

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

Networking Reception
Emerald Ballroom (2nd Floor)

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8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Registration/Help Desk Open

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

COFFEE BREAK

Sponsored By:

http://www.ricetec.com/

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

Dwight Roberts
Opening Introductions

8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dennis DeLaughter & Thomas Wynn
Risk Management Seminar: A course in Futures, Strategy and Planning
DeLaughter, Dennis

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

LUNCH
Emerald Ballroom (2nd Floor)

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

Alice Gomez
Shifting Gears in U.S. International Trade Politics
Alice Gomez

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

James Garriss
Flood, Drought & Unexpected Weather: Understanding Natural Weather and Climate
Garriss, James

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

Stuart Hoetger & Thomas Wynn
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the World Rice Market
Stuart Hoetger

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

Dwight Roberts
Closing Ceremony
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…

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Brian Ottis

RiceTec Inc. Director, US Supply Management Brian Ottis is the US Director of Supply Management responsible for managing the seed supply chain for RiceTec, Inc.  In this role, Brian oversees…

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Carlos Castro

Carlos Castro Vergara

Production Manager at Induhorst He studied physics and mathematics at the Technical University of Babahoyo and completed a Master's degree in business administration at, State Technical University of Quevedo. Castro…

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Cody Corbell

Cody has an Agronomy and Rangeland Ecology, Texas A&M University. VP/ Head of Buyer, Rice and Specialty Grain. 18 years in agriculture with a focus on rice production and marketing.…

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Corinna Baban

Agreeta Solutions USA Corinna Baban has over 15 years of executive experience in global supply chain management and product commercialization. As an advocate for vertical integration, Corinna is passionate about…

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Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter

Dan Hunter Assistant Commissioner Texas Department of Agriculture Dan Hunter serves as Assistant Commissioner for the Texas Department of Agriculture. He is the top advisor on the critical issues of…

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DeLaughter, Dennis

Dennis R. DeLaughter

Dennis R. DeLaughter, a professional farm manager, investment advisor and commodity broker, operated and managed over 5000 acres of rice, corn and wheat along the Texas gulf coast, southwest of…

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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…

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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…

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Eduardo Rojas

Eduardo Rojas

Entrepreneur, Farmer, industrialist, and seed developer. President of the company Arrocera San Pedro de Lagunilla S.A. Vice President of Semillas Selectas S.A. Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the…

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Enrique Nieto

Enrique Nieto

Enrique Nieto is Sales Director for several business units at Bühler and is responsible for Mexico and Central America. He has been with Bühler since 1996, holding different positions for…

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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…

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Garriss, James

James J. Garriss

James began his career with The Browning Newsletter when he was four years old, photocopying jet stream maps from the stacks of various University of New Mexico libraries. He has…

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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…

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Jyoti Shankar

Principal Data Scientist at Indigo Ag who leads the data and engineering operations for The Visible Grain - Indigo Ag's supply chain solution.

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Pousson, Mark

Mark Pousson

Mark Pousson, an active rice farmer from Welsh, Louisiana, a town located in the southwest part of the state. Mr. Pousson attended McNeese State University and is currently serving as…

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Pamela Wostarek-West

Business Manager Brookshire Rice Sales & Marketing “A farmer must always have more options to market their crop” Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, I was surrounded by agriculture.  My…

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Randy Ouzts

Randy Ouzts

Mr. Ouzts has a lifetime of experience in the development, marketing and sales of agricultural chemicals, novel traits, and seed products.  He has served in multiple roles in sales, marketing,…

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Steven Emerson

Steven Emerson, Strategy and Business Development Manager at Indigo Ag who has spent the last few years developing and managing projects that span the rice supply chain. 

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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 Pinnacle Rice Cooperative…

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