Arkansas Rice Expo, set for Friday, Aug. 7, in Stuttgart.
Also joining this year's lineup of speakers are Rep. Rick Crawford, state Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang and House District 13 Rep. David Hillman.
In addition. an all-star lineup of judges will be testing their palates during the Rice Recipe Contest.
The half-day event opens at 8 a.m. at the Grand Prairie Center, 2709 U.S. 165 in Stuttgart. There is no cost to attend and the event ends with a catfish lunch. Field tours of research plots, food demonstrations and family fun are all part of the expo, a salute by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to rice production in Arkansas.