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By Mary Hightower

STUTTGART – In 2025, where in the world will Arkansas rice be found? That’s a question experts and speakers will ponder Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the 2016 Arkansas Rice Expo.

The Arkansas Rice Expo returns to Stuttgart’s Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South. Doors open at 8 a.m. and will finish up with a complementary lunch. The annual half-day event celebrates a crop that in 2013 was valued at nearly $1.3 billion for Arkansas’ economy.

“There are lots of questions about the future for Arkansas rice. Where will Arkansas rice be competitive, what new markets may open up such as Cuba, how might more rice be utilized in food and beverage products, how will the U.S. table rice consumption develop with changes in the demographics of the country?” said Mark Cochran, vice president-Agriculture and head of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “These are all great questions as we think about where the industry is headed.”

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