LITTLE ROCK - Rice farmers can learn the right way to store rice to preserve quality and profits by attending one of two rice storage workshops set for next week in Arkansas and Texas.

Scientists from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, University of Missouri, Texas A&M University and the USDA's Agricultural Research Service will provide instruction and the latest management tips for insect- and weather-related issues at each workshop. Each meeting will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The meetings will be held Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Arkansas 4-H Center at Ferndale, west of Little Rock; and Thursday, Oct. 28 at Texas A&M's Beaumont AG Center at Beaumont, Texas.

"The consequences of improper storage can be serious. Improper storage can drastically lower milling yield and quality resulting in catastrophic loss of income," said Dr. Dennis Gardisser, associate department head for the U of A's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

He said the meetings will cover topics important to everyone who stores rice. The topics are controlled aeration and drying, moisture absorption, insect population growth, weather impacts, practical on-farm recommendations and future developments and technologies. A free lunch will be provided at each workshop. No registration fee will be charged. Pre-registration is requested so the required number of meals and handouts can be determined.

To pre-register, or for more information, contact Michael Boyd for the Missouri workshop at (573) 379-5431 or by e-mail at boydm@missouri.edu; Gardisser at (501) 671-2267 or ccorbitt@uaex.edu; or Brandy Morace at the Texas workshop at (409) 752-3045 or bmorace@aesrg.tamu.edu.