National Rice Federation’s Annual Conference Held in LR

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Rice growers, buyers and agri-business owners are in Little Rock this week for the National Rice Federation’s annual conference.

Six states across the country produce rice, with Arkansas being the largest grower. During the conference, farmers from across the country are learning about the new farm bill and changes technology can bring.

“They’re coming at us faster than they used to, the issue for farmers is for farmers to adapt and see if they create value for their farm,” says Dow Brantley, Chairman of USA Rice Federation.

“International buyers are loving the idea, and local farmers are going to love the idea too once they find out about it,” says Layne Fortenberry.

A new Arkansas start up, Grainster is among the technological options farmers are able to see at the conference.
KARK covered the online site’s launch in August.

CEO Layne Fortenberry says grain buyers across the globe as far away as India and Rio De Jenero have started to sign up for the so-called dating service for grain.

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