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Texas rice producers donate 11,000 pounds of rice

December 30, 2020 - 00:00
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    Pictured from left to right are Tommy Turner, Texas Rice Council; Heath Bush, Rice Belt Warehouse Inc.; Daniel Berglund, rice farmer; Vivian Spanihel, American Rice Growers Association cooperative; and Corrie Bowen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Servic

Members of the Western Rice Belt Conference Committee rallied together to donate 11,000 pounds of rice when their annual conference decided to go virtual in Jan. 2021 due to the pandemic.

The Western Rice Belt Conference Committee is a program area committee of the Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado county offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The donation was made to the Central Texas Food Bank to be distributed to struggling families in the 21 counties it serves.

By working with Riviana Foods, the committee was able to utilize rice, farmers and producers from just two hours south of Austin, ensuring a quick turnaround and local recipients of the donation, explained Dwight Roberts, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Rice Producers Association in Katy.

The virtual Western Rice Belt Conference will be Jan. 20 on the Zoom platform. To register for the event, visit Western Rice Belt Conference.