GARY BODDICKER with Masterfoods USA in Greenville, Miss., was named chairman of the Rice Millers Association and Mike LaGrande with The Sun Valley Rice Co. in Arbuckle, Calif., vice chairman, at the 105th annual RMA Convention in San Francisco. They begin their term Aug. 1.

RMA, which represents the U.S. rice milling and allied industries, is one of the oldest agribusiness trade associations in America. This year's convention drew 390 rice millers, marketers, producers, exporters and representatives from related businesses in the United States and 15 other countries. This year's program focused on trends in trade, domestic marketing, research and technology.

“This annual meeting brings people with a common interest in rice together in a professional and productive environment to expand our knowledge, which facilitates industry growth and profitability,” said RMA Chairman Steve Malin, Busch Agricultural Resources, St. Louis, Mo. Malin was honored at the convention for his service as chairman.