DELEGATES from around Australia and the world are set to travel to Griffith for the 2017 International Temperate Rice Conference.
First held in Yanco in 1994 the conference is hosted every few years by a different rice growing country and will return to Griffith, the rice-growing heart of Australia, after previous years in Uruguay and the USA.
The conference will be an opportunity to showcase the latest advancements in temperate rice research, technology and innovation as well as to address the challenges and triumphs specific to temperate rice growing.
Benerembah rice grower Hayden Cudmore said the conference would be a great thing for rice farmers in the region and recognised the important role Griffith played in rice production.
“It is terrific,” he said.
“There will be international research and it will also showcase research here in Griffith which is fantastic.
“Research is really important to the rice industry because that is where we are generating the greatest increases in yields.
Registrations have opened for the conference, which will be held from Monday, March 6 to Thursday, March 9 2017.
Manager of rice research Australia and head of the conference organising committee Russell Ford said they were looking forward to recognising and celebrating the achievements of local rice growers.
“We are looking forward to this opportunity to recognise and celebrate...the advancement’s we have made and to learn from and share experiences with out international peers,” Mr Ford said.
The four day conference will feature a series of presentations from local and international speakers, covering topics including rice breeding, agronomy, biotic and abiotic stress, crop protection, quality, rice processing, precision ag and extension.
“With a respected and knowledgeable line-up of industry experts on board the conference will be an invaluable experience for our delegates,” Mr Ford said.
“This will be a platform for sharing fresh ideas and insights, exploring cutting edge technology and furthering research and development in the temperate rice field.”