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The mission of the association is to promote market development goals and government affairs goals for the benefit of Arkansas rice growers. The Arkansas Rice Growers Association is an organization of rice growers, for rice growers, run by rice growers.

ARGA 2015 Membership Meeting Agenda

We have scheduled our 2015 ARGA Membership Meeting for Thursday Feb 26th at the Brinkley Convention Center. It will start at 9 am and conclude with lunch. This years Membership Meeting will be all about how ARGA is trying to help you make money growing rice and how you can help yourself.

Speakers include Gary Bullups with Zaccaria USA who will talk about a package for a farmer to build a small rice mill. The equipment cost should be around $400,000 with the ability to turn out TOP quality milled rice. There are several farmers who have built these mills and are doing quite well with them.

Mark Pousson with the Louisiana Independent Rice Growers Association will be there to talk about their successful "direct sales” program, specifically how they do it and how it is set up. By marketing their own rice they are receiving a premium over the local market.

The McGill rice sampling system is the industry standard for measuring your rice milling yield. We will have results of our comparison tests that should show the PAZ system to be superior in predicting the milling of your rice samples. We expect those tests will show your actual milling yield to be several points higher than the McGill.

Greg Yielding will talk about the China Market and the decline of the California rice crop and the opportunities for Arkansas rice farmers to fill that Asian medium grain demand. We have had very positive feedback to the samples we have sent Asian buying groups.

We will also talk about the Turner Grain Law being proposed by ARGA. The laws we have seen being proposed would be ineffective and might even cost you money.

Dennis Delaughter with Progressive Farm Futures gives the best Market Outlook Report on the planet.

Please make plans to come and bring your farmer friends. As usual it will be the best most informative rice meeting this year.

This will be a membership meeting, all attending will be asked to be members. Memberships will be available at the door.

Agenda

Thursday Feb 26th Brinkley Convention Center

9:00 am: Welcome - Kenneth Graves, ARGA Chairman

9:05 am: China Protocols and Asian Markets and the Decline of the California Rice Crop Creating Opportunities for Medium Grain Sales for Arkansas - Greg Yielding, ARGA Exec. Sec.

9:25 am: ARGA Efforts to Get PAZ and Whiteness Meter as the New Milling Yield Standard – Harvey Howington, ARGA Board Member

9:40 am: PAZ vs McGill; A Better Way to Determine Milling Yield? Gary Billups – Zaccaria USA

10:00 am: ARGA Proposed Turner Grain Law – Greg Yielding, ARGA Exec. Sec.

10:15 am: BREAK

10:25 am: Grain Market Outlook – Dennis Delaughter, President, Progressive Futures

11:00 am: Direct Sales to Foreign Buyers, How We Do It – Mark Pousson, LA Independent Rice Growers

11:30 am: Rice Profitably; A Small Affordable Rice Mill System That Will Mill Very High Quality Rice – Gary Billups, Zaccaria USA

Noon: LUNCH