SERA18: Rice Technical Workers Group
(Multistate Research Coordinating Committee and Information Exchange Group)
SERA18: Rice Technical Workers Group
Duration: 10/01/2013 to 09/30/2018
Statement of Issues and Justification
Official website is http://www.rtwg.net.
It is the purpose of this organization to provide a continuing means for the exchange of information, cooperative planning, and periodic review of all phases of rice research and extension being carried on by State Agricultural Experiment Stations, State Agricultural Extension Services, the United States Department of Agriculture, and participating rice industry groups. It is believed this purpose can best be achieved through a conference held at least once every two years. The agencies represented in this memorandum mutually agree that overall suggestions of cooperative review and planning of rice research and extension in the rice producing states and the United States Department of Agriculture shall be developed by a Rice Technical Working Group (henceforth designated RTWG), composed of all personnel actively engaged in rice investigations and extension in each of the agencies.
Procedures and Activities
The RTWG functions according to an informal memorandum of agreement among the State Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Agricultural Extension Services of Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas, and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Economic Research Service, the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service and other agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Membership is composed of personnel in these and other cooperating public agencies and participating industry groups who are actively engaged in rice research and extension. Since 1950, research scientists and administrators from the U.S. rice industry
and from international agencies have participated in the biennial meetings.
The RTWG meets at least biennially to provide for continuous exchange of information, cooperative planning, and periodic review of all phases of rice research and extension being carried on by the States, Federal Government, and other members. The current disciplines or Panels represented are: i) Breeding, Genetics, and Cytogenetics; ii) Economics and Marketing; iii) Plant Protection; iv) Postharvest Quality, Utilization, and Nutrition; v) Rice Culture; and vi) Rice Weed Control and Growth Regulation. Each Panel has a Chair who, along with the Secretary/Program Chair, solicits and receives titles, interpretive summaries, and abstracts of papers to be presented at the biennial meeting. The papers are presented orally in concurrent technical sessions or via poster. Each Panel over the course of the meeting develops proposals for future work, which are suggested to the participating members for implementation, biennially at the worker level of those currently engaged in rice research and extension. Details of the cooperation in several States are provided in formal Memoranda of Understanding and/or appropriate Supplements executed
for the respective state.
Standing committees include: i) Nominations, ii) Rice Crop Germplasm, iii) Rice Variety Acreage, iv) Industry, v) Awards, and vi) Location and Time.
A Panel Chair or Panel Chair and Co-Chair, at least one of whom will be an active rice worker in state or federal agencies, shall be elected by each of the active subject matter panels. Such election shall take place by the end of each biennial meeting and Panel Chairs will serve as members of the Program Committee for the next biennial meeting. Each Panel Chair will be responsible for developing the panel program in close cooperation with the Secretary-Program Chair and for seeing that the Panel Recommendations are updated at each biennial meeting and approved by the participants in the respective panel sessions. Participation in the panel discussions, including presentation of rice research findings by rice industry representatives and by representatives from National or International Institutes, is encouraged.
At the end of each biennial meeting, a proceedings of papers and talks is published by the Proceeding editors institution (See Literature Cited for examples) and are posted on the RTWG web page www.rtwg.net.
At the time that the RTWG was established, there was validity for the existence of the resolutions committee. At this time though, Don Groth raised the question on the need for the resolutions committee. Groth motioned to eliminate the resolution committee and responsibilities be taken over by the secretary. Tim Walker seconded and the motion was passed.
To provide opportunities for rice research, extension, and industry personnel to meet and exchange information on rice production, marketing, pest management, breeding, genetics, and other aspects of rice culture.
To prioritize research, extension, and educational areas and topics for efficient and effective program development.
To publish results and discussions of current rice research and extension projects accomplishments.
To encourage and develop interagency and interdisciplinary cooperation
To recognize and award outstanding research and extension accomplishments
Procedures and Activities
The Rice Technical Working Group (RTWG) functions according to an informal memorandum of agreement among the State Agricultural Experiment Stations and the Agricultural Extension Services of Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas, and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Economic Research Service (ERS), the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES), and other agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture. Membership is composed of personnel in these and other cooperating public agencies and participating industry groups who are actively engaged in rice research and extension. Since 1950, research scientists and administrators from the U.S. rice industry and from international agencies have participated in the biennial meetings. At the last six meetings, between 350 and 450 people from the United States and from around the world have attended the meetings in Little Rock, Arkansas (2002); New Orleans, Louisiana (2004); The Woodlands, Texas (2006); San Diego, California (2008); Biloxi, Mississippi (2010); and Hot Springs, Arkansas (2012). A Proceedings was published for each meeting. (See references for presentation scope and attendance lists).
Expected Outcomes and Impacts
- Increase cooperation among scientists from different universities, agencies and countries
- Exchange of research information between scientists in various disciplines of rice research
- Provide format for rice research education.
- Improve productivity and economic viability of U.S. and world rice production
- Improve environmental stewardship of U.S. and world rice production
- Increase grant funding opportunities of rice research scientists
Projected ParticipationView Appendix E: Participation
Geographic Representatives are nominated from each states membership.
Executive Committee Membership 2013-2014
Chair: Chuck Wilson - Arkansas
Secretary: Eric Webster - Louisiana
Past Chair: Timothy Walker - Mississippi
Robert Scott - Arkansas
Zhonli Pan - California
Ronald Rice - Florida
Dustin Harrell - Louisiana
Jason Bond Mississippi
Donn Beighley - Missouri
Lee Tarpley - Texas
Frank Carey - California
John Russin - Research
Joe Street - Extension
Anna McClung- USDA-ARS
Proceedings Thirty-Fourth Rice Technical Working Group. Hot Springs, Arkansas. February 27-March 1, 2012. M.E. Salassi, C.E. Wilson, Jr., and T.W. Walker, Editors. 224 pp.
Proceedings Thirty-Third Rice Technical Working Group. Biloxi, Mississippi. February 22-25,
2010. M.E. Salassi, T.W. Walker, and R.G. Mutters, Editors. 207 pp.
Proceedings Thirty-Second Rice Technical Working Group. San Diego, California: February 18-21,
2008. D. Groth and M. Salassi, Editors. 199 pp.
Proceedings Thirty-First Rice Technical Working Group. The Woodlands, Texas: February 26-March 1,
2006. D. Groth and M. Salassi, Editors. 240 pp.
Proceedings Thirtieth Rice Technical Working Group. New Orleans, Louisiana: February 29-March 3,
2004. D. Groth and P. Bollich, Editors. 228 pp.
Proceedings Twenty-Ninth Rice Technical Working Group. Little Rock, Arkansas: February 24-27,
2002. D. Groth and P. Bollich, Editors. 206 pp.
Proceedings Twenty-Eighth Rice Technical Working Group. Biloxi, Mississippi: February 27-March 1,
2000. D. Groth and P. Bollich, Editors. 192 pp.
Proceedings Twenty-Seventh Rice Technical Working Group. Reno, Nevada: March 1-4, 1998. M. Rister and M. Waller, Editors. 272 pp.